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9/1/2015 


City of Los Angeles Mail - Fw: Hello Bea - questions re Sycamore-Romaine feeding program 



John Darnell <john. darnell@lacity.org> 


Fw: Hello Bea - questions re Sycamore-Romaine feeding program 


John Darnell <john.damell@lacity.org> Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 1:46 PM 

To: john.damell@lacity.org 

Do report. 

— Original Message — 

From: Paul Lemer <paullerner@mac.com> 

To: Peter Robinson <peter.robinson@pepperdine.edu>; Landreth Ted 
<landrethassociates@juno.com>; Parker Mike <mikep@mole.com>; Cassella Carol 
<carol@red.com>; John Darnell <John.Darnell@lacity.org>; Jim Omahen 
<jim@mediadistrict.org>; Yahoo.com McCaslin <mark@themccaslincompany.com> 

Sent: Thu Jan 20 12:59:47 2011 

Subject: Re: Hello Bea - questions re Sycamore-Romaine feeding program 
Hello folks, 

I wanted to let you know that I spoke to Captain Girmala today, and she is 
strongly opposed to moving the feeding program to the Rubber Stamp building. 

She will be at the meeting on Monday morning, so you can all hear her 
concerns directly. 

See you on Monday, 

Paul 


On Dec 16, 2010, at 4:32 PM, Paul Lemer wrote: 

> Hello Bea, 

> 

> I wanted to let you know that we had a meeting this morning about the 

> Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition and its feeding program at the 

> comer of Sycamore and Romaine. A couple things came up, and we wanted to 

> get your take on them: 

> 

> 1) There was some question about whether things are moving forward with 

> the No Loitering Zone that we all agreed to at previous meetings. Ted 

> Landreth said there have not been any new signs posted with the No 

> Loitering information, so they have not been able to enforce it with the 

> people who use the food line. Do you know if the signage is going to get 

> posted? Is there someone we should contact to move the signage forward? 

> 

> 2) There is a possibility of a longer-term solution of getting the 

> feeding program off this comer, and into the courtyard of a building on 

> Santa Monica Boulevard, about 10 blocks east of the current location. The 

> building is the old Rubber Stamp Building at 6564 Santa Monica Boulevard; 

> the cross street is Seward. This building has been empty for some time 

> and is need of repair, and we are hoping that funds can be raised from 

> private sources to make the building into a space for the Greater West 

> Hollywood Food Coalition. Because the building has a courtyard, it would 

> get the food line off of the street. And hopefully bathrooms would be 

> renovated there to provide toilet facilities for the people who use the 

> food line. Do you have any thoughts about that location, or do you see 

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> any problems with the feeding program moving over there? 

> 

> Thank you for your input. 

> 

> I hope that you have a very happy and healthy holiday season! 

> 

> Best regards, 

> 

> Paul 

> 

> Paul Lemer 

> Co-Founder, Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch 

> Public Safety Chair, Mid City West Community Council 

> (323) 936-7969 

> paullerner@mac.com 

> 

> 


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9/1/2015 


City of Los Angeles Mail - Next Meeting - Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition 



John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 


Next Meeting - Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition 


mark@themccaslincompany.com <mark@themccaslincompany.com> Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 9:26 AM 

Reply-To: mark@themccaslincompany.com 
To: John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 

Hi John, 

I am checking with Peter. As soon as I hear back i will let you know. 

Mark 

Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T 


From: John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 

Date: Wed, 9 Mar 201 1 13:03:49 -0800 

To: Mark McCaslin<mark@themccaslincompany.com> 

Subject: Next Meeting - Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition 

Hi Mark, 

I hope you are well. I wanted to ask when the next meeting for the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition was 
scheduled. I haven't heard anything from the stakeholders, and didn't know what progress has been made. 

Kind Regards, 


John Darnell 
Field Deputy 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz 
822 S. Robertson Boulevard, Ste. 102 
Los Angeles, CA 90035 
(310) 289-0353 
(310) 289-0365 fax 


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City of Los Angeles Mail - Fwd: Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition 



John Darnell <john. darnell@lacity.org> 


Fwd: Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition 


Council Member Koretz <paul.koretz@lacity.org> Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 3:53 PM 

To: John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 


Forwarded message 

From: Dylan Goss <dylangoss@mac.com> 
Date: Sat, Apr 9, 2011 at 3:45 PM 
Subject: Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition 
To: paul.koretz@lacity.org 


Dear Councilmember Koretz, 

I live on the 800 N. block of Orange Drive in Los Angeles (90038) and have an issue I would like to address with 
you. There is a food program organized by The Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition operating in the street 
near Romaine and Sycamore streets in my neighborhood. I am less than two blocks from this, in a fully 
residential area. Due to the constant feeding of homeless in that area our entire neighborhood has become and 
outpost for people living in the streets nearby. There is constant scavenging and panhandling due to this base 
that has been established here by this group. 

Is there some sort of city approval for this program to operate here? I believe this is inappropriate for the area 
and want to understand why this is happening at this location with such consistency as to impact many factors 
of living here. 

Please let me know if you hare aware of this and how it is impacting the residents of this part of your district. I 
am waiting for your timely reply before reaching out further. 

Best, 

Dylan Goss 


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9/1/2015 


City of Los Angeles Mail - Fwd: Lawsuit re: GWHFC's feeding program at corner of Romaineand Sycamore 



John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 


Fwd: Lawsuit re: GWHFC's feeding program at corner of Romaine and 
Sycamore 


la brea <labreacoalition@gmail.com> Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 3:17 PM 

To: John Darnell <john. darnell@lacity.org> 

thanks, again, john. lucille 

On Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 3:02 PM, John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> wrote: 

Hi Lucille, 

The lawsuit re: the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition's (GWHFC) feeding program at corner of Romaine and 
Sycamore has been filled as of April 1 1th. Please see document attached to this message. 

Thank you, 


John Darnell 
Field Deputy 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz 
822 S. Robertson Boulevard, Ste. 102 
Los Angeles, CA 90035 
(310) 289-0353 
(310) 289-0365 fax 


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9/1/2015 


City of Los Angeles Mail - Mediation regarding food line at Sycamore and Romaine 



John Darnell cjohn. darnell@lacity.org> 


Mediation regarding food line at Sycamore and Romaine 


Paul Lerner <paullemer@mac.com> Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 5:40 PM 

To: Peter Robinson < peter. robi ns on@pepperdine.edu> 

Cc: Mike Parker <mikep@mole.com>, Carol Cassella <carol@red.com>, Ted Landreth 
<landrethassociates@juno.com>, nyhartp@yahoo.com, Ron Groeper <ron@groeperphoto.com>, Susan Levi 
<susanlevi@labids.org>, John Washington <24902@lapd.lacity.org>, Beatrice Girmala 

<beatrice.girmala@lapd.lacity.org>, Jim Omahen <jim@mediadistrict.org>, John Darnell <John.Damell@lacity.org>, 
Joan Pelico <joan.pelico@lacity.org>, Koretz Member Council <Paul.Koretz@lacity.org>, Arthur Gallegos 
<35849@lapd.lacity.org> 

Peter, 

I need to inform you that I will no longer participate in the mediation process regarding problems arising out of 
the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition's food line at the comer of Sycamore Avenue and Romaine Street. 

After two years of meetings of this mediation process, relatively little has been achieved. Further, I must 
question whether the perspectives of community members are being heard and respected. At the last mediation 
meeting, on July 21, 2011, the food coalition's Ted Landreth could not even remember the concerns that 
neighborhood residents have repeatedly expressed about the program over the years. Instead, he launched into 
personal attacks on the community members who have expressed concerns. This type of behavior is 
inappropriate and unacceptable. 

Because the mediation process is not solving problems, I cannot recommend that any neighborhood residents 
be involved in it. Instead, I will inform community members about the lawsuit that has been filed against the 
food line by Producers Film Center and David Bass & Associates, so that they can determine whether to 
become involved in that lawsuit, or to consider filing lawsuits on their own behalf. 

Peter, I would like to thank you for leading this mediation process for the last two years. You have done a great 
job of bringing people together and moving the discussion forward. There have been many difficult issues raised 
during the process, and you have handled them with enormous care. I truly appreciate all of the work and effort 
that you have committed to this mediation. I only wish that there had been a more successful result. 

Peter, if you would like to speak on the phone about any of this, I would be happy to talk to you. However I will 
not attend any other meetings of, or about, the mediation. 

Sincerely, 

Paul Lemer 

Public Safety Chair, Mid City West Community Council 
Co-Founder, Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch 


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9/1/2015 


City of Los Angeles Mail - Re: Food Program 



LA 

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John Darnell <john. darnell@lacity.org> 


Re: Food Program 


ted landreth <landrethassociates@gmail.com> Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 8:48 PM 

To: Oliver Netbum <onetbum@hotmail.com> 

Cc: Sarah Black <sarahryanblack@hotmail.com>, paul nyhart <nyhartp@yahoo.com>, Penny Landreth 
<landrethp@cee-school.org>, Mike Parker <mikep@mole.com>, Lyn Luzwick <lynlovesbooks@hotmail.com> 

Bcc: john.damell@lacity.org 

Dear Oliver, 

Thank you for getting in touch with me. I would like nothing better than to meet with you, for a cup of tea, 
perhaps, to talk things over in general before we launch in to anything quite so formal as a dialogue. 

Please name a date, a place, and a time, and I'll do my best to be there. I am a documentary film producer, and 
I tend to keep my own schedule. 

Sincerely, 

Ted Landreth 
(Volunteer Secretary) 

GWHFC 

(213) 631-0463 cellular 

On Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 6:26 PM, Oliver Netbum <onetburn@hotmail.com> wrote: 

Hello, 

My name is Oliver Netbum. I am the recently appointed Chairperson for the Central Hollywood Neighborhood 
Council (CHNC) Public Safety Committee. (CHNC is the Neighborhood Council of which the intersection of 
Romaine and Sycamore is located.) 

Some members of our neighborhood have expressed concerns over the use of our neighborhood for the 
feeding services The Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition provide. I, as an individual, see the benefit and 
opportunity that the GWHFC work provides for our community in dealing with homelessness. As such, I would 
like to start a dialogue with GWHFC and our Neighborhood Council (and the Public Safety Committee) so that 
you can continue to provide the much needed service you offer, especially in the Hollywood community, while 
addressing some of the concerns of our residents. 

Please let me know if this is something GWHFC would be interested in. I would greatly appreciate opening 
this dialogue. 

Thank you, 

Oliver Netbum 


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City of Los Angeles Mail - Fw: Food Program 


John Darnell <john. darnell@lacity.org> 


Fw: Food Program 

John Darnell <john.damell@lacity.org> Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 11:20 PM 

To: peter@melroseaction.com 

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From: ted landreth <landrethassociates@gmail.com> 

To: Oliver Netburn <onetburn@hotmail.com> 

Cc: Sarah Black <sarahryanblack@hotmail.com>; paul nyhart <nyhartp@yahoo.com>; Penny Landreth 
<landrethp@cee-school.org>; Mike Parker <mikep@mole.com>; Lyn Luzwick <lynlovesbooks@hotmail.com> 
Sent: Mon Jan 23 20:48:03 2012 
Subject: Re: Food Program 

Dear Oliver, 

Thank you for getting in touch with me. I would like nothing better than to meet with you, for a cup of tea, 
perhaps, to talk things over in general before we launch in to anything quite so formal as a dialogue. 

Please name a date, a place, and a time, and I'll do my best to be there. I am a documentary film producer, and 
I tend to keep my own schedule. 

Sincerely, 

Ted Landreth 
(Volunteer Secretary) 

GWHFC 

(213) 631-0463 cellular 

On Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 6:26 PM, Oliver Netburn <onetburn@hotmail.com> wrote: 

Hello, 

My name is Oliver Netburn. I am the recently appointed Chairperson for the Central Hollywood Neighborhood 
Council (CHNC) Public Safety Committee. (CHNC is the Neighborhood Council of which the intersection of 
Romaine and Sycamore is located.) 

Some members of our neighborhood have expressed concerns over the use of our neighborhood for the 
feeding services The Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition provide. I, as an individual, see the benefit and 
opportunity that the GWHFC work provides for our community in dealing with homelessness. As such, I would 
like to start a dialogue with GWHFC and our Neighborhood Council (and the Public Safety Committee) so that 
you can continue to provide the much needed service you offer, especially in the Hollywood community, while 
addressing some of the concerns of our residents. 

Please let me know if this is something GWHFC would be interested in. I would greatly appreciate opening 
this dialogue. 

Thank you, 

Oliver Netburn 


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John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 


Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition 


Oliver Netburn <onetbum@hotmail.com> Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 3:09 PM 

To: "john.damell@lacity.org" <john.damell@lacity.org> 

Hello John, 

I was wondering if you had a moment to talk about the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition? 

My number is 323-533-2134, or let me know the best time to contact you and at what number. 

Thanks, 

Oliver 


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City of Los Angeles Mail - Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition 



John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 


Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition 

Oliver Netburn <onetbum@hotmail.com> Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 5:36 PM 

To: John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 

Sure. That's OK. 

I appreciate the email. 

Thanks, 

Oliver 

On Feb 1, 2012, at 5:34 PM, "John Darnell" <john.darnell@lacity.org> wrote: 


Hi Oliver, 

I'm sorry, a few emergencies came up today in our district that we had to deal with, and I was not 
able to call you. Are you available tomorrow? 

John 


On Tue, Jan 31. 2012 at 8:08 PM, Oliver Netburn <onetburn@hotmail.com> wrote: 
That'd be great. Thanks. 


On Jan 31, 2012, at 7:12 PM, "John Darnell" <john.darnell@lacity.org> wrote: 

Hi Oliver, 

Thank you for the email and I'm sorry I have not responded to you yet. I will try 
calling you tomorrow to discuss. 

Thanks, 


John Darnell 
Field Deputy 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz 
822 S. Robertson Boulevard, Ste. 102 
Los Angeles, CA 90035 
(310) 289-0353 
(310) 289-0365 fax 

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Hi John, 

I was hoping you'd have a minute to talk about Greater West Hollywood Food 
Coalition. Their operation is with CD5 and CHNC boundaries. 

Thanks! 

Oliver Netburn 


John Darnell 
Field Deputy 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz 
822 S. Robertson Boulevard, Ste. 102 
Los Angeles, CA 90035 
(310) 289-0353 
(310) 289-0365 fax 

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9/1/2015 


City of Los Angeles Mail - zoning parameters 



John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 


zoning parameters 


John Darnell <john.damell@lacity.org> Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 6:12 PM 

To: GaryGreen62@aol.com 
Cc: patricelaca@yahoo.com 


Hi Gary, 

I hope you are doing well. I wanted to provide you with the following updates, and I will get back to you soon 
with more. 

1. La Brea Gateway 

There is litigation on this project, and we don't expect the construction to start anytime soon. This might take up 
to one year for construction to begin, because the case would most likely have to finish before they begin. 

2. Casting Studio 

I have contacted Senior Lead Officer Art Gallegos and asked him to monitor. I am sorry for the frustration this 
has caused. I have also asked if VICE would need to get involved, but I will follow up with on this issue and see 
what approach the LAPD will need to take. 

3. Neighborhood Parking - Request for 24 Hour Preferential Parking 

I contacted the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) and they informed me there is a moratorium 
on any changes to existing preferential parking districts, and the creation of new ones. I am sorry I don't have 
better news, but the Councilmember is working with the LADOT on preferential parking reform. We will see if 
this includes making it easier to make changes being able to lift the moratorium on changes that are requested. 

We don't expect the reform to happen this month or next month, but it looks like this year and next year that will 
be taking place. 

4. Resurfacing the 700 and 800 blocks of N Formosa Avenue 

As I mentioned before, we will put these two blocks on our 'wish list' to be resurfaced. This is not a guarantee 
that they will be resurfaced next fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2012, but we are going to push for them to be 
done. 

5. Speed humps 

As I mentioned before, the speed hump program was eliminated a few years ago before Councilmember Koretz 
took office. This doesn't mean that the program will not be available in the coming years, but at the moment 
there is no program and therefore speed humps are not possible to install at this time. 

6. Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition 

I have been working with Councilmember Tom LaBonge's Office on this issue. We are looking at ways to make 
things better for the neighborhood and the homeless who use the program. We are working to hold the 
organizations more accountable for their actions. I will follow up with you as we move along during this process. 

7. DMV 

I contacted the Office of State Assembly member Mike Feuer and will be meeting with them. After our meeting I 
will follow up with you. 

8. 'Do Not Enter 1 on north bound lane 900 block of N Formosa Avenue 

I have asked the LAPD West Traffic Division to investigate this location. As you mentioned, the LAPD does 
monitor but I wanted to make sure they know that we know it's an issue and that residents have concerns. I will 
follow up with you after they investigate. 

9. Vehicles over 6,000 pounds 

I wanted to ask if you knew where these trucks were traveling, because if we know this then we are able to 
contact them and ask they not take 'local streets'. Many streets in your neighborhood are designated as what 
LADOT calls local streets, and these streets are not supposed to have any vehicle over 6,000 pounds. There 
doesn't have to be any sign for this to be the rule. If you are able to acquire this information then we are glad to 
help. 

10. Recycling Scavengers 

(I hate to use that name, because it sounds a little mean in my opinion, but that is what it has been called so I 
use only to be clear on the wording.) I have notified Senior Lead Officer Art Gallegos of the scavengers, and 
asked him to monitor. However, Officer Gallegos needs to know what days they show up so he can approach 

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them. I wanted to ask if you knew of any certain days and times they come by because that would be the best 
time for him to go. 

I will get back to you next week about 806-814 N Formosa Avenue, and the traffic concerns on Willoughby 
Avenue, i hope you have a great weekend, and please let me know if you have any questions. 

Thank you, 


John Darnell 
Field Deputy 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz 
822 S. Robertson Boulevard, Ste. 102 
Los Angeles, CA 90035 
(310) 289-0353 
(310) 289-0365 fax 


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City of Los Angeles Mail - Hello and good morning 


LA John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 

CJ GEECS 


Hello and good morning 


John Darnell <john.damell@lacity.org> Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 11:13 AM 

To: sharon.shapiro@lacity.org 

Hi, Sharon: 

I hope you are feeling better, and everything is going well. I wanted 
to catch up about the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition. Do you 
have time to talk this week for about 20 minutes? I would like to 
fill you in on some things and talk about the future. 

All the best, 



John Darnell 
Field Deputy 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz 
822 S. Robertson Boulevard, Ste. 102 
Los Angeles, CA 90035 
(310) 289-0353 
(310) 289-0365 fax 

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To: Los Angeles City Council Member Paul Koretz 
October 1, 2012 

Dear Paul, 

I am writing to explain why the free meal distribution line at the comer of Sycamore and Romaine each 
evening is a public nuisance, and a blight on our community that must be ended. 

LAPD officers have told us that the food line brings a large number of transients into our residential 
neighborhood and Poinsettia Park, where some transients cause problems. An outreach worker for PATH 
told me that 85% of the homeless in this area refuse help, saying they prefer to be on the streets. The food 
line helps them to stay on the streets. We are particularly concerned about this situation since learning 
that a transient was just charged in the 2008 murder of local resident Katan Khaimov near the park. 

I was a member of the community mediation process to address problems created by the Greater West 
Hollywood Food Coalition, which runs the evening meal line. I volunteered my time to participate in 
over a dozen meetings over the course of more than a year. An extremely skilled and caring mediator, 
Professor Peter Robinson of Pepperdine University, led this process. But the mediation process 
ultimately failed because the GWHFC refused to change their problem-creating activities in any 
substantial way, or to take the legitimate concerns of local residents and businesses into account. 

At the last meeting I attended, I was especially disturbed to hear GWHFC leader Ted Landreth say that he 
refused to have the food line in the neighborhood where he lived. South Carthay - which has a large 
number of homeless people in its vicinity. He insisted that the food line be in our Hollywood/Melrose 
Village neighborhood instead. That sort of rank hypocrisy - in which someone insists on creating 
problems for other people that he would not allow near his own home - is simply unacceptable. 

I was also very disturbed to hear Ted Landreth continue to say that the residents of the neighborhood 
should police the streets around Sycamore and Romaine all night, or find the GWHFC a different location 
for the food line - as if residents with jobs and families and other commitments could possibly do such 
things. No matter how much the local residents tried to work with the GWHFC, they refused to cooperate 
in a meaningful way. Instead they regularly resorted to personal attacks on community advocates and 
threats to sue those who oppose them. The attitude of the GWHFC leaders appears to be that they have 
compassion for the homeless - but they have contempt for local residents and business owners. 

And despite its claim to help the homeless, the GWHFC does not provide what the homeless need most — 
homes. On the contrary, they enable some chronically homeless individuals to stay on the streets and to 
keep on abusing substances or avoid getting treatment for mental illnesses. The GWHFC should be 
moved indoors, into an existing homeless services organization that truly helps people get off the streets. 

I recognize that those involved with the GWHFC have good intentions. But good intentions are not 
enough; good actions are needed as well. As the proverb goes, the road to hell is paved with good 
intentions. The GWHFC has abused the neighborhood around Sycamore and Romaine for years - and 
this public nuisance must now end. 

Sincerely, 

Paul Lemer 

Co-Founder, Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch 

Vice Chair, Poinsettia Park Advisory Board 

Former Public Safety Chair, Mid City West Community Council 




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City of Los Angeles Mail - Letter about food line for meeting October 2 


John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 

Letter about food line for meeting October 2 

Paul Lerner <paullerner@mac.com> Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 4:52 PM 

To: John Darnell <John.Darnell@lacity.org> 

Hey John, 

Here is the letter I wrote (address to Paul Koretz) about the food line at Sycamore and Romaine, and why it must 
be moved. 

Let me know if you have any questions. 

I hope the meeting tomorrow is productive! 

Thank you, 

Paul 



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HBH An Open Letter to Paul Koretz about the Greater 
m West Hollywood Food Coalition line at the Corner of 
Sycamore and Romaine 

by melrosevillaae 

Dear City Council Member Paul Koretz, 

As you know, for years there has been a free meal distribution line at the corner of 
Sycamore and Romaine each evening, drawing dozens and sometimes hundreds of 
people, many of them transients. This food line has become a public nuisance and a 
blight on our community. 

LAPD officers have told us that the food line brings a large number of transients into our 
residential neighborhood and Poinsettia Park , where some of the transients cause 
problems. Officials at the West Hollywood branch of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs 
Department have confirmed that they face similar problems in Plummer Park and 
surrounding blocks. 

An outreach worker for People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) told us that most of the 
homeless individuals in this area are drug addicts, alcoholics, or mentally ill (or a 
combination of those), and that 85% of the homeless in this area refuse help, saying 
they prefer to be on the streets. The food line helps them to stay on the streets. That's 
why PATH says that stand-alone food lines are not a good idea. 

We are particularly concerned about the food line since learning that a transient was 
recently charged in the 2008 murder of local resident Katan Khaimov near Poinsettia 
Park. 

To address the problems caused by the food line, members of our community 
participated in a mediation process with the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition, 
which runs the line. Our community members volunteered their time to participate in 
over a dozen meetings over the course of more than a year. An extremely skilled and 
caring mediator, Professor Peter Robinson of Pepperdine University, led this process. 


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But the mediation process ultimately failed because the GWHFC refused to change 
their problem-creating activities in any substantial way, or to take the legitimate concerns 
of local residents and businesses into account. 

At the last meeting they attended, they were especially disturbed to hear GWHFC leader 
Ted Landreth say that he refused to have the food line in the neighborhood where he 
lives, South Carthay - which has a large number of homeless people in its vicinity. He 
insisted that the food line be in our Hollywood/Melrose Village neighborhood instead. 

That sort of rank hypocrisy - in which someone insists on creating problems for other 
people that he would not allow near his own home - is simply unacceptable. 

They were also very disturbed to hear Ted Landreth continue to say that the residents of 
the neighborhood should police the streets around Sycamore and Romaine all night, or 
find the GWHFC a different location for the food line - as if residents with jobs and 
families and other commitments could possibly do such things. No matter how much the 
local residents tried to work with the GWHFC, they refused to cooperate in a meaningful 
way. Instead they regularly resorted to personal attacks on community advocates and 
threats to sue those who oppose them. The attitude of the GWHFC leaders appears to 
be that they have compassion for the homeless - but they have contempt for local 
residents and business owners. 

And despite its claim to help the homeless, the GWHFC does not provide what the 
homeless need most - homes. On the contrary, they enable some chronically homeless 
individuals to stay on the streets and to keep on abusing substances or avoid getting 
treatment for mental illnesses. The food line should be moved indoors, into an existing 
homeless services organization that truly helps people get off the streets. 

We recognize that those involved with the GWHFC have good intentions. But good 
intentions are not enough; good actions are needed as well. As the proverb goes, the 
road to hell is paved with good intentions. 

The GWHFC has abused the neighborhood around Sycamore and Romaine for years - 
and this public nuisance must finally end. 

Sincerely, 

The Editors of the Melrose Village Blog 


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Val Wolf <val.wolf1@gmail.com> Sat, Oct 6, 2012 at 7:25 AM 

To: John Darnell <john. darnell@lacity.org> 

Hi John, 

Just writing to see how the meeting involving GWHFC went? 

Here is a link to the neighborhood blog regarding the situation: http://melrosevillage. 

wordpress. com/2012/1 0/03/an-open-letter-to-paul-koretz-about-the-greater-west-hollywood-food-coalition-line-at- 
the-corner-of-sycamore-and-romaine/#comment-770 

Thank you, 

Valarie 

On Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 10:55 AM, John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> wrote: 

Hi, Valerie: 

I took another inventory of the 900 blocks and all of the signs except for two looked fine. It appears LADOT 
replaced many of them. I reported the last two again, so they should be fixed soon. 

I meeting went well, but of course there is resistance to change by the food coalition. The next meeting is 
scheduled for mid-November. I will let you know what happens, and we also might ask for your help. 
Councilmember Koretz has taken the position that he wants the food coalition to move, but unfortunately it is 
not in our district any longer. This changed on July 1, and hopefully the Fourth Council District (representative 
Tom LaBonge) is of the same mindset. 

I will follow up with you soon. I hope you have a nice weekend! 

Kind regards, 

John 

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Thanks, Valerie. I'll let you know what happens. I hope you have a great weekend. 

All the best, 

John 


On Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 9:13 AM, Val Wolf <val.wolf1@gmail.com> wrote: 

Hi John, 

Thank you so much indeed for the update. I really appreciate the aspects that were addressed and look 
forward to them being enforced. 

As you probably know, last year a lawsuit was filed by the owner of the old Howard Hughes Building up on 
Romaine street against the Greater West Holywood Food Coalition's founder, Ted Landreth to try and 
have the foodline moved out of the area as there were many incidents involving foodline patrons and 
workers from the building as well as property crimes. I called the Building's attorney last November to 
find out about the case's progress, and was informed that Ted Landreth has unlimited free legal counsel 

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and therefore could tie things up indefinitely and since his lawers were working for free, the other side 
simple didn't have the budget to compete. 

I'm not sure if we can make it to the meeting, but if not, I will be extremely eager to see what transpires. 
Thanks so much, 

Valarie 


| On Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 6:59 PM, John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> wrote: 

! | Hi, Valerie: 

i 

I'm really sorry for not getting back to you right away. I did drive the neighborhood and took an 
inventory of the signs that were damaged. Unfortunately, the Los Angeles Department of 
Transportation is extremely short staffed and it will take some time for them to replace the signs. I 
also reported the signs that were within Preferential Parking District #40 (south of Willoughby, and east 
of La Brea), because there were many signs that were damaged, faded, and falling apart. The LADOT 
is going to review all signs within the residential parking district and replace any that need it. 

On a side note, and because of your concerns, we have asked parking enforcement and LAPD to work 
together on the parking issues that occur late at night on Romaine Street, between La Brea Avenue and 
Hudson Avenue. There are parking signs that read, "2 hour parking, 10 p.m. - 6 a.m." We know there 
are vehicles that park overnight, and many come from out of the area to visit the Greater West 
Hollywood Food Coalition at night when they give away free food. 

Lastly, I wanted to invite you to a meeting on Tuesday, October 2, which will be to discuss the Greater 
West Hollywood Food Coalition. Councilmember Koretz wants them moved and so does 
Councilmember Tom LaBonge. The LAPD called a meeting two weeks ago to discuss this, and we are 
going to push hard for the program to move. We are working closely with the staff at Councilmember 
LaBonge's Office, and we are making good progress. I have also invited Peter Nichols from Melrose 
Action Neighborhood Watch. You may remember that our office, the community, LAPD, and the 
businesses, have met to discuss what can be done to improve the situation. There was a lot of 
discussion (which I know you have been involved in since before Councilmember Koretz took office) at 
this meeting, and we would like your help to move this program. 

The meeting will be on Tuesday, October 2, at 2 p.m., located at 6501 Fountain Avenue. It will be at 
! the LAPD Hollywood Station in their community room. Please let me know if you are able to make the 
meeting, and if you are unable to attend, that is okay. I will be glad to fill you in later. I will follow up 
with you soon about the progress of the sign repairs. 

All the best, 


John Darnell 
Field Deputy 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz 
822 S. Robertson Boulevard, Ste. 102 
Los Angeles, CA 90035 
(310) 289-0353 
(310) 289-0365 fax 

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Hi John, 

I am following up after a phone call I made several weeks ago to your office regarding this situation 
mantioned below. Any updates would be much appreciated. 

Thank You. 

Valarie Wolf 


On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 3:56 PM, Val Wolf <val.wolf1@gmail.com> wrote: 

Hi John, 

We spoke Feb. 14th regarding the vandalizing/alteration of parking signs on the 900 north blocks of 
Orange Dr., Mansfield Ave., and Citrus Ave. At that time I was told that you would call the DOT 
and get it taken care of. 

I am writing to see if there are any updates? 

Thank You. 

Valarie Wolf 
714-389-4695 


John Darnell 
Field Deputy 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz 
822 S. Robertson Boulevard, Ste. 102 
Los Angeles, CA 90035 
(310) 289-0353 
(310) 289-0365 fax 

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822 S. Robertson Boulevard, Ste. 102 
Los Angeles, CA 90035 
(310) 289-0353 
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Hi John - community feedback on food line 


John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 


John Darnell <john.damell@lacity.org> Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 3:08 PM 

To: Paul Lemer <paullemer@mac.com> 

Okay. Thanks for the heads up. 

On Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 3:04 PM, Paul Lemer <paullemer@mac.com> wrote: 

Sounds good, thanks John. We will probably post the story about community reaction on the blog tomorrow. 

Paul 


On Oct 11, 2012, at 3:01 PM, John Darnell wrote: 


Hi Paul, 

Yes, and we would like to send this next week if that's okay. 

John 

On Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 5:52 PM, Paul Lemer <paullerner@mac.com> wrote: 

Hi John, 

Are you going to send a response from Paul K for us to post on the Melrose Village Blog? I 
am going to post an update soon with community reaction to the last post (which was strong 
and uniformly negative towards the food line). 

Thanks, 

Paul 

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On Oct 5, 2012, at 5:23 PM, John Darnell wrote: 


Thanks, Paul. Have a good weekend too. 
John 


On Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 5:14 PM, Paul Lerner <paullerner@mac.com> wrote: 

Hi John, 

Sure, we would be happy to post something from Paul about the food line. 
Just write it up the way you want it to appear and send it to me, and we will 
post it. Also, if you could send a photo of Paul (in jpg or gif format), we will 
place the photo above the post. (More people read a post if there is a photo 
or artwork.) 

Have a good weekend, 


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Paul 


On Oct 5, 2012, at 5:05 PM, John Darnell wrote: 


Thanks, Paul. I did see the comments and thanks for posting 
your letter. The Councilmember is taking the position that this 
is a street enforcement issue and that they are not allowed to be 
on the public right of way. However, the feeding program is now 
in CD4, so we don't have jurisdiction over that area. We are 
waiting to see what CD4's position is, and also what the City 
Attorney's position is. I will circle back with you when we hear 
more. Also, I might want to please request to allow the 
Councilmember to respond on your blog (with this same 
information) to let people know where he stands. Would that be 
okay in the near future? 


On Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 11:13 PM, Paul Lerner 
<paullerner@mac.com> wrote: 

Hi John, 

I posted a revision of my letter about the food line on the 
Melrose Village Blog. I wanted to make sure you saw 
reactions from community members who agree that the food 
line is a public nuisance: 

http://melrosevillage.wordpress.eom/2012/10/03/an-open- 

letter-to-paul-koretz-about-the-greater-west-hollywood-food- 

coalition-line-at-the-corner-of-sycamore-and-romaine/ 

Thanks, 

Paul 


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Field Deputy 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz 
822 S. Robertson Boulevard, Ste. 102 
Los Angeles, CA 90035 
(310) 289-0353 
(310) 289-0365 fax 

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John Darnell 
Field Deputy 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz 
822 S. Robertson Boulevard, Ste. 102 
Los Angeles, CA 90035 
(310) 289-0353 
(310) 289-0365 fax 


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John Darnell 
Field Deputy 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz 
822 S. Robertson Boulevard, Ste. 102 
Los Angeles, CA 90035 
(310) 289-0353 
(310) 289-0365 fax 

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John Darnell 
Field Deputy 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz 
822 S. Robertson Boulevard, Ste. 102 
Los Angeles, CA 90035 
(310) 289-0353 
(310) 289-0365 fax 

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[New post] Transient Arrested in Stabbing Murder of Woman Had Worked at Food Line 

John Darnell <john.damell@lacity.org> Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 11:53 AM 

To: Paul Lemer <paullemer@mac.com> 

Thanks, Paul. I'll see what Councilmember LaBonge wants to do? 


On Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 10:55 AM, Paul Lemer <paullemer@mac.com> wrote: 

Hi John, 

It was public defender lawyer for the suspect, as quoted in the Los Angeles Times and LAist. You can read their articles by clicking the links in our Melrose Village Blog 
post. 

How many more people have to die before something is done about this dangerous public nuisance? 

Paul 


On Jul 1, 2013, at 10:48 AM, John Darnell wrote: 

Thanks, Paul. Do you know who said the suspect came from the food line? Thanks again for the information. 


On Sun, Jun 30, 2013 at 12:09 PM, Paul Lemer <paullemer@mac.com> wrote: 
John, 

FYI. 

Best, 

Paul 


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Subject: [New post] Transient Arrested in Stabbing Murder of Woman Had Worked at Food Line 
Date: June 29, 2013 5:52:53 PM PDT 
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The Melrose Village Blog has reported on problems caused by the free meal line for 
transients held every night at the corner of Sycamore and Romaine (one block east of 
La Brea Avenue and one block south of Santa Monica Boulevard). We have 
also reported on the comments of community members who are upset about the free 
meal line and the nuisances it creates in the surrounding neighborhood. 

Now comes word that one of the volunteers for the food line has been arrested for the 
shocking murder of a young woman near the corner of Hollywood and Highland on June 
18. 

The woman, 23-year old Christine Calderon, was walking with a co-worker when she 
noticed three panhandlers holding up obscene signs asking for money. Christine used 
her cell phone to take a photo of the signs, and when the panhandlers demanded 
money from her, refused to give them any. In response, one of the men, Dustin James 
Kinnear, allegedly jumped on her and stabbed her to death. 

According to both the Los Angeles Times and LAist . Kinnear is a violently mentally ill 
transient originally from Arizona who has been living on the streets of Los Angeles for 
the past five years. He left Arizona after a court there ordered him to undergo mental 
health treatment. 

His public defender lawyer said that Kinnear was "trying to turn his life around" by 
working at the meal line, which is run by a group called the Greater West Hollywood 

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Food Coalition. 

The LA Times noted that Kinnear had been arrested 46 times before the murder took 
place, including seven arrests for assault with a deadly weapon. 

It is no surprise to us that the meal line attracts mentally ill transients, some of whom can 
be violent. We have been hearing the same thing for years from officers of the Los 
Angeles Police Department and the West Hollywood Sheriffs station. 

The real surprise is that the City of Los Angeles has still done nothing to address the 
problems created by the meal line, despite numerous complaints from residents and 
businesses who have been negatively affected by it. 

There may be some progress in the future, though. A community member recently wrote 
in to the Melrose Village Blog with this comment: 

Many of us have hated the Sycamore/Romaine food line. My neighbor took a picture of 
a homeless person relieving themselves of waste in broad daylight in front of our house. 

I e-mailed that picture to every goverment official responsible for that corner, all the way 
to Congress. [California State] Assembly member Richard Bloom had his assistant Tim 
Harter call me. He said he was “heading up " a response to this issue. He is calling 
Councilmember Koretz, LAPD and the food coalition. He will have a meeting and will 
notify me. Please help me let our leaders know I am not the only one with complaints. 

Now is the time to speak up because someone is listening. Tim Harter’s email 
istim.harter@asm.ca.gov and Assembly member Richard Bloom’s email 
isrichard2012@richardbloom.com . Thank you. 

Something must be done about this situation - before more people are harmed. 
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Fwd: shame on you 


Diane Demetras <diane. demetras@gmail.com> Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 7:49 PM 

To: tim.harter@asm.ca.gov, john.damell@lacity.org, tdeegan@midcitywest.org, peter@melroseaction.com, 
tom.labonge@lacity.org, sharon.shapiro@lacity.org, Richard Bloom <richard2012@richardbloom.com> 

Cc: alexander polinsky <alexniver@me.com>, s c <syl.calu@gmail.com>, DR LOVE <dr.love_dd@yahoo.com>, 
Marcel <marcel@marcelphoto.com>, raysummers12@yahoo.com 

Dear City Representatives, 

FYI - Please see the email Ted Landreth of GWHFC has sent me, a threat to sue, below. 

I do not want and cannot take him on personally. I am simply a resident and landlord (since 1989) on 
Sycamore Ave. who sees a terrible mess in our neighborhood. 

Thank you. 

Diane Demetras 


Forwarded message 

From: ted landreth <landrethassociates@gmail.com> 
Date: Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 7:29 PM 
Subject: shame on you 

To: Diane Demetras <diane.demetras@gmail.com> 


Dear Diane, 

Now my feelings are hurt. Tough as I am - as an ex-Marine, a former network news executive, an investigative 
documentary film producer, and the subject of any number of ill-framed assaults on my character or veracity 
over the years - it always hurts when an effort I make in good faith is so badly received and then so 
mischaracterized. Are you guilty of slandering me and the GWHFC by emailing St. Victor's and others among 
our supporters as you've now done? I don't know, but I think it's an interesting legal question. What I can tell 
you, as a professional journalist and a finder of facts, is that you have not paid very careful attention to the truth 
and, in the process, you have tried to do me and the GWHFC serious damage. I would call that a pretty good 
layman's definition of slander. 

Since our meeting at Susina some months ago I have been waiting to hear from you, as we agreed, that you had 
a specific complaint to make against identifiable homeless people we might know, so that we could then swing 
into action, as we did right after the meeting, to help make your life easier - not that, a priori, we could be said to 
be responsible for any of your problems. I took the fact that you had never gotten in touch with me again, not by 
phone and not by email (and not in response to a check-in message I sent you on June 22) that you no longer 
had any problems or that you'd been able to deal with them without our help. 

Instead, you now say it was we who were acting in bad faith when we promised to do all we could. Instead you, 
for your part, did nothing but stand back and complain - not to us (as agreed) but to third parties. 

Shame on you, I say. If you have a lawyer in your family I would urge you to seek legal advice. We don't intend 
to sue you, because we have much, much better things to do with our lives, but I think it might do you some 
good to find out where you stand just in case we should change our minds. We, for our part, are represented pro 
bono by Latham & Watkins and by Public Counsel, the largest public interest law firm in the United States. Why 
would they represent a rag-tag group of volunteers like us? Because we exist only to try to do good for people in 
serious need and for no other reason, and because we have always made a practice of telling the truth about 
what we do and of responding to any complaints we get from "angry neighbors," whether we think they have any 
merit to them or not. In other words, we're pretty easy to defend. 


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My invitation still stands for you to come to Sycamore and Romaine to see for yourself who we are and who we 
are serving, and how we go about doing it. My wife Penny and I are there every Wednesday night when I'm not 
out of town, and the GWHFC/UCLA Mobile Clinic (doctors, lawyers, and public health students) is there on 
Wednesdays, too. If you are slandering us you are also slandering them, and I would say you might also be 
slandering the majority of the people we serve. 

I still hope to hear from you. I mean it. But let's make it direct - like the American citizens and members of the 
community that we are - and not through other people, behind each other's backs. 

Sincerely, 

Ted Landreth 
(Volunteer Secretary) 

GWHFC 

(213) 631-0463 cellular 


On Fri, Au g 9, 20 13 a t 4 :15 PM, Info <info @ s ain tyict_or.org> wrote: 

From: Diane Demetras [mailto:diane.demetras@gmail.com] 

Sent: Monday, August 05, 2013 10:26 PM 

To: harter@asm.ca.gov; Richard Bloom; aaroe@johnaaroegroup.com; kevin@boydpr.com; 
info@theahmansonfoundation.org; angie@gppirx.com; admin@nhers.org; aland@weho.org; 
platinum@platinumequity.com; ceo@platinumequity.com; robbension@livenation.com; 
ericlassen@livenation.com; mazonmail@mazon.org; info@saintvictor.org; untitledsusannagrant@gmail.com; 
info@hopics.org 

Subject: Do not support GWHFC 


To All Organizations and Individuals who Support 
the GWHFC at Waring and Romaine Ave., 


My husband and I are homeowners and landlords of property on N. Sycamore Ave., just south of 
Waring, since 1989, and have lived in this area since that time. We are urging you to stop supporting 
the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition because it is making our beloved neighborhood a 
nightmare. We walk or bike the neighborhood almost daily. We know what a safe, healthy 
neighborhood looks and feels like and ours is a mess. 


We have had to install security gates and fencing to keep indigents from wandering onto our 
property, defecating and peeing on our front gate and back gate, passing out in the yard, showering 
with the hose, spraying graffiti, doing drugs, strewing trash and condoms, stealing bicycles. The 
sickest individuals and most in need of help are passed out in any available business doorway 
(Moore Paints, US Bank, Jiffy Lube, Italy 2000), and groups of more mobile individuals seem to be 
constantly on the prowl for items to steal (yesterday at 7:30 am we watched them wrangle a suite 
case from an open jeep parked across the street from our house). My children are afraid to walk the 
streets because there are often very ill, raving individuals at almost every street corner (Waring and 
Sycamore/Sycamore and Melrose/LaBrea and Waring/Waring and Highland). My 15 year old ~ 
daughter is afraid to walk to her dance class at Highland and Waring. We have had bicycles stolen 
from our locked garages and the most brazen are smoking pot, shooting up, strewing condoms on 


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our curb, in the area between buildings, in our yard. Groups of intoxicated men congregate at 
Sycamore and Melrose. Drunken squatters are periodically rousted by the police and required to 
clean up their make shift camps on the sidewalk or in the bushes. They hang out all day, waiting for 
food. I know that many neighbors share our concerns and have had to install expensive renovations 
to protect their property. 


After having sent comments to the Melrose Villiage Blog indicating these observations, my husband 
and I were approached by Ted Landreth. He explained the mission of his organization and hoped 
that if we embraced the work of the GWHFC, our neighborhood would be better for it. I'm not 
convinced and it's not getting better. Frankly put, I do not think GWHFC is good for our 
neighborhood. It seems to be keeping the individuals most in need on the streets and concentrated 
in our area. This organization is in sharp contrast to SOVA on La Brea - a well organized food pantry 
that does not attract lawless and very ill individuals. GWHFC attracts a completely different clientele, 
individuals who are in need of much more than just food and seem to be continually on the street, 
continually ill, and in our neighborhood! And as you may know, the man responsible for stabbing a 
woman to death earlier this summer has been associated with GWHFC. 


We have full time jobs, a family, pay property taxes. We want to live in a safe, clean, walking friendly 
neighborhood. 


Please stop your support of this program so that we can start to clean up our neighborhood. 


N. Sycamore Resident 
(protecting our privacy) 


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John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 


Fwd: Help us relocate the GWHFC!!! Please forward this to all decision 
makers. Steve-Please toward this to Tom Labonge. Thanks! 

Tim Deegan <tdeegan@midcitywest.org> Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 12:38 AM 

To: Diane Demetras <diane. demetras@gmail.com> 

Cc: John Darnell <john.damell@lacity.org>, Peter Nichols <peter@melroseaction.com> 

Hello, Diane, 

Thanks for the mail. You know, I hope, that the Mid City West Community Council is nowhere near the location 
you are concerned about. It's actually at least two or three neighborhood council districts away from our district. 

I'm not sure how MCW could be of any assistance outside our boundaries. 

I checked the neighborhood council location map and found that http://empowerla.org/chnc/ is the link to the 
Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council that appears to be the right NC for you to be checking in with and 
asking for support, and maybe you already are doing that. 

I'm very familiar with your issue, and know from a civic meeting I attended about a year ago that brought 
together the Hollywood community leaders, from the police and city council office and the neighborhood 
businesses and residents, that you are struggling with a tough situation. I attended with others that hoped to 
have some influence on the operations of GWHFC, unsuccessfully. 

Sincerely, 

Tim 


On Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 7:45 PM, Diane Demetras <diane.demetras@gmail,com> wrote: 

| Dear John Darnell and Tim Deegan, 

It was a pleasure meeting you at the "Night Out" event at Poinsettia Park last week. 

I have been talking with Peter Nichols of Melrose Action about our neighborhood and how we can be 
proactive to help clean it up. One of my neighbors, Alex Polinsky, has written a letter about the mess in our 
neighborhood caused by ill transients, below. It is our suspicion that GWHFC contributes to the ill homeless 
people concentrated in our area (on Sycamore Ave.) and believe it needs to be cleaned up and located 
elsewhere. There are several neighbors who are now actively speaking out and I will be forwarding their 
complaints to you. 

In addition, I have been contacted by Ted Landreth of GWHFC who has threatened to sue me if I speak out. I 
will also forward that to you. 

Please let me know how we can mobilize to make this happen, and thank you. 

Diane Demetras 


Forwarded message 

From: alexander polinsky <alexniver@mac.com> 

Date: Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 11:47 AM 

Subject: Help us relocate the GWHFC!!! Please forward this to all decision makers. Steve-Please toward this 
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To: Diane Demetras <diane. demetras@gmail.com> 


To whom it may concern, 

Yesterday my father and I went to a meeting at Neon Venus on Melrose and Labrea. We are considering 
opening an acting school there. As we walked along melrose at about 6pm I noticed a group of homeless with 
pushcarts congregating by Stir Crazy Coffee house on melrose 2 blocks east of La Brea. The two black men 
were shirtless had positioned themselves on the corner so pedestrians had to walk past them as they stared 
at us. The third man, a white guy in his fifties was bending over the tree that grows in front of the coffee joint 
with his penis in full view, urinating in public. He appeared to be very intoxicated. I should have called the 
police but I was on a mission to get dinner and go to a meeting. 

This kind of a thing is a daily occurrence. 

The Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition is in the process of creating a slum for us. 

These unfortunate people will go wherever the food is. 

Please help the Melrose neighborhood. 

We are being trashed by the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition's poorly executed humanitarian effort. 
Crime, drugs, human waste, and depravity are the atmosphere here, now. 

We are families with children, working people, homeowners, and elderly taxpayers. 

The GWHFC has turned the 2 block radius around their nightly food service into a hot zone. 

I live in that hot zone and it is disgusting. 

THERE ARE NO PUBLIC BATHROOMS! Where does the GWHFC think that these people will evacuate after 
their feeding ON OUR PROPERTY, IN OUR ALLEYS, ON OUR STREETS IN BROAD DAYLIGHT! 

The GWHFC is a local drug dealer of sorts. 

They give to the homeless, many who are addicts, criminals, and prostitutes. 

These people now expect this service, and look at it as a right. 

This makes them stay in the 2 block radius of the food line, 24 hours a day, set up camp, panhandle, and 
steal. 

! They give nothing in return for this kindness, they DO NOT WORK, THEY DRINK, DRUG, AND USE OUR 
STREET AS A BATHROOM. They are not respecting the neighborhood that hosts them, in fact they are 
trashing it. 

Condoms, pot containers, 99c store trash, and feces in my bushes are almost a daily occurrence. 

Two days ago I found another homeless person was using my bushes for a closet, storing his clothes, right 
under my bedroom window!!! 

When will we get rid of the GWHFC? 

We need a break. 

best, 

Alexander Polinsky 


Tim Deegan 
Chair 

Mid City West Community Council 

www.midcitywest.org 

543 N. Fairfax Avenue, Suite 106 

Los Angeles, CA 90036 


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PURPOSE OF NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS: “To promote more citizen participation in government and make 
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LA 

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John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 


MOVE GWHFC OUT OF NEIGHBORHOOD NOW! 


coburn evan <cobum.evan9@gmail.com> Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 12:33 PM 

To: tom.labonge@lacity.org, john.darnell@lacity.org 

Mr. Labonge, 

I am writing regarding the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition at the corner of Sycamore and Romaine. 

Because of this ILLEGAL food line, our streets are SOILED with drug dealers, crime, mentally unstable vagrants 
and possible MURDERERS. 

The very public stabbing at Hollywood and Highland was a result of someone connected to the GWHFC. 

http://melrosevillage.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/transient-arrested-in-stabbing-murder-of-woman-had-worked-at- 

food-line/ 

We are uniting as a community to KICK these people out of our hood. We don't want them. We want this type of 
homeless assistance provided IN DOORS where homeless people can get real help and NOT with ILLEGAL 
tents, tables, and chairs on our street. PEOPLE ARE USING RESIDENCE HOMES FRONT YARDS AS 
BATHROOMS. PEOPLE ARE HAVING SEX IN YARDS IN BROAD DAY LIGHT. THERE IS RAMPANT DRUG 
USE. 

We demand that YOU, our elected official, do something about this ASAP. RE-LOCATE THEM! SHUT THEM 
DOWN! 

We have newspapers interested in this story. If you don't respond to us maybe you will respond to the TIMES 
and LA WEEKLY. THEY WILL BE CONTACTING YOU SHORTLY. 

We are done negotiating with GWFC. KICK THEM OUT NOW. 

Thanks, 

Evan 


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John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 


Fwd: Do not support GWHFC 


Diane Demetras <diane.demetras@gmail.com> Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 12:41 AM 

To: capri.maddox@lacity.org 

Cc: Peter Nichols <peter@melroseaction.com>, susanlevi@labids.org, tbwaldman@gmail.com, 
kerry@hollywoodbid.org, tim.harter@asm.ca.gov, tom.labonge@lacity.org, john.damell@lacity.org, 
sharon.shapiro@lacity.org, DR LOVE <dr.love_dd@yahoo.com>, s c <syl.calu@gmail.com>, Alexander Polinsky 
<alexniver@mac.com> 

Dear Ms. Maddox, 

I met you at the Melrose Action meeting last month at Blu Jam Cafe that was organized by Peter Nichols. 

Thank you for attending. 

As a representative of the City Attorney's office you need to know that the residents on Sycamore Ave., myself 
included, are convinced that the GWHFC at LaBrea and Romaine blights our area so badly that it is now unsafe 
for us to live and walk in our own neighborhood. Collectively, we have contacted the donors and supporters of 
that program, letting them know that the program is NOT supported by the neighborhood, that we are disgusted 
with what our area has become and we are urging them to stop supporting the GWHFC. My email to them is 
below. 

As a result of my speaking out, Ted Landreth has threatened to sue me. 

I will also be forwarding to you a letter from my neighbor. 

Thank you for your help. 

Diane Demetras 
N. Sycamore Ave. 

PS. This from the Beverly Press. Unfortunately, these are the people sleeping in our doorways and in our 
bushes. 

http://parklabreanewsbeverlypress.com/news/2013/08/alleged-thief-arrested/ 


Forwarded message 

From: Diane Demetras <diane. demetras@gmail.com> 

Date: Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:25 PM 
Subject: Do not support GWHFC 

To: harter@asm.ca.gov, Richard Bloom <richard2012@richardbloom.com>, aaroe@johnaaroegroup.com, 
kevin@boydpr.com, info@theahmansonfoundation.org, angie@gppirx.com, admin@nhers.org, aland@weho.org, 
platinum@platinumequity.com, ceo@platinumequity.com, robbension@livenation.com, 
ericlassen@livenation.com, mazonmail@mazon.org, info@saintvictor.org, untitledsusannagrant@gmail.com, 
info@hopics.org 


To All Organizations and Individuals who Support 
the GWHFC at Waring and Romaine Ave., 

My husband and I are homeowners and landlords of property on N. Sycamore Ave., just south of 
Waring, since 1989, and have lived in this area since that time. We are urging you to stop supporting 
the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition because it is making our beloved neighborhood a 
nightmare. We walk or bike the neighborhood almost daily. We know what a safe, healthy 
neighborhood looks and feels like and ours is a mess. 


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We have had to install security gates and fencing to keep indigents from wandering onto our property, 
defecating and peeing on our front gate and back gate, passing out in the yard, showering with the 
hose, spraying graffiti, doing drugs, strewing trash and condoms, stealing bicycles. The sickest 
individuals and most in need of help are passed out in any available business doorway (Moore Paints, 
US Bank, Jiffy Lube, Italy 2000), and groups of more mobile individuals seem to be constantly on the 
prowl for items to steal (yesterday at 7:30 am we watched them wrangle a suite case from an open 
jeep parked across the street from our house). My children are afraid to walk the streets because 
there are often very ill, raving individuals at almost every street corner (Waring and 
Sycamore/Sycamore and Melrose/LaBrea and Waring/Waring and Highland). My 15 year old daughter 
is afraid to walk to her dance class at Highland and Waring. We have had bicycles stolen from our 
locked garages and the most brazen are smoking pot, shooting up, strewing condoms on our curb, in 
the area between buildings, in our yard. Groups of intoxicated men congregate at Sycamore and 
Melrose. Drunken squatters are periodically rousted by the police and required to clean up their make 
shift camps on the sidewalk or in the bushes. They hang out all day, waiting for food. I know that many 
neighbors share our concerns and have had to install expensive renovations to protect their property. 

After having sent comments to the Melrose Villiage Blog indicating these observations, my husband 
and I were approached by Ted Landreth. He explained the mission of his organization and hoped that 
if we embraced the work of the GWHFC, our neighborhood would be better for it. I'm not convinced 
and it's not getting better. Frankly put, I do not think GWHFC is good for our neighborhood. It seems to 
be keeping the individuals most in need on the streets and concentrated in our area. This organization 
is in sharp contrast to SOVA on La Brea - a well organized food pantry that does not attract lawless and 
very ill individuals. GWHFC attracts a completely different clientele, individuals who are in need of 
much more than just food and seem to be continually on the street, continually ill, and in our 
neighborhood! And as you may know, the man responsible for stabbing a woman to death earlier this 
summer has been associated with GWHFC. 

We have full time jobs, a family, pay property taxes. We want to live in a safe, clean, walking friendly 
neighborhood. 

Please stop your support of this program so that we can start to clean up our neighborhood. 

N. Sycamore Resident 
(protecting our privacy) 


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John Darnell <john. darnell@lacity.org> 


GWHFC ILLEGAL LINE 


Ashley Deaton <abdeaton@gmail.com> Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 5:39 PM 

To: tom.labonge@lacity.org, john.damell@lacity.org, sharon.shapiro@lacity.org, scott.levin@lacity.org, 

Carolyn. Ramsay@lacity . org, capri .maddox@lacity.org 

To Whom It May Concern: 

I live at the comer of Poinsettia between Waring and Willoughby. I am concerned about the illegal 
GWHFC line that exists in my neighborhood. We need your help to shut the line down. 

I understand that the intentions are good but all the line seems to accomplish is keeping the 
homeless homeless and adding to the number of transients and, frankly dangerous people in my 
neighborhood. 

Hearing of the woman who was stabbed in the neck by a transient associated with the food line only 
makes me more hopeful that something will change. 

I agree with the editors of the Melrose Village Blog and their open letter: 

http://melrosevillage.wordpress.com/2012/10/03/an-open-letter-to-paul-koretz-about-the-greater-west- 

hollywood-food-coalition-line-at-the-comer-of-sycamore-and-romaine/ 


I hope you can do something about this. 


Regards, 
Ashley Deaton 


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John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 


Fwd: The Greater West Hollywood Food Line is a community hazard that 
devalues our homes and neighborhood. 

John Darnell <john.damell@lacity.org> Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 12:31 PM 

To: Sharon Shapiro <sharon.shapiro@lacity.org> 

Cc: David Ambroz <davidambroz@gmail.com>, Steve Whiddon <steven.whiddon@lacity.org> 

September 23 and 27 work for me. 


On Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM, Sharon Shapiro <sharon.shapiro@lacity.org> wrote: 
I thought I had responded, sorry if I didn't =( all dates work for me 


On Sat, Aug 17, 2013 at 9:35 AM, David Ambroz <davidambroz@gmail.com> wrote: 

Wanted to share a recent letter with you. 

I wanted to double check my earlier email came through - and those September dates work for you? Each 
of you is key. 

David Ambroz 
davidambroz@gmail.com 


Begin forwarded message: 

From: DR LOVE <dr.love_dd@yahoo.com> 

Subject: FW: The Greater West Hollywood Food Line is a community 
hazard that devalues our homes and neighborhood. 

Date: August 15, 2013 2:28:13 PM PDT 
To: davidambroz@gmail.com 


— Forwarded Message — 

From: alexniver@mac.com 
To: tom.labonge@lacity.org 
Sent: Thu, Aug 15, 2013 12:11 PM PDT 

Subject: The Greater West Hollywood Food Line is a community hazard that devalues our 


homes and neighborhood. 


Dear Mr. Labonge, 

My name is Alexander Polinsky. My mother is Paula, the one who made the George Harrison 
Memorial happen for this city and we have your cetificate of appreciation on the wall of our 
home to prove it! 

I am a resident of the 700 block of Sycamore Ave. in Hollywood. 

I am writing to tell you about a huge problem in our neighborhood. 

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We have a serious concentration of vagrants and homeless psychotics here, they make living 
in this section of Melrose a nightmare. 

The GWHFC is an illegal food line with no bathrooms or sanitary services has been operating 
without the consent of the neighborhood it affects for 26 years. 

We have had it with this group, their attitude towards us, and the filth and depravity it brings to 
our doorstep. . 

The two block radius around the Great West Hollywood Food Coalition is awash with drug 
users, criminals, and scary psychotic homeless that terrorize us, steal from us, and ruin a 
beautiful and classic Hollywood neighborhood. 

I know that politicians don't want to touch this issue because it makes you look like you don't 

care but We vote for you, we support you , we pay you. These people on the fringes of 

society need help and a path to recovery and stability, not a summer camp style free meal on 
the street where they leave their trash and human waste all over our streets. This food line 
keeps people alive but robs them of their dignity. The Man who runs the operation Ted 
Landreth has threatened us, told us it's our fault, ann refused to hear the cries from the 
community. Ted Landreth likes to tell people he was a Marine, implying that he is able to kill 
and be tough instead of actually being compassionate to the neighbors that he imposes on. 

This makes negotiation impossible. Ted knows that he is in the wrong place, but he will stay 
till he is thrown out. 

I want relocation now. This is not a social issue nor is it an issue of the homeless. It's the 
fault of an ill planned, ill executed humanitarian effort, that needs to be stopped before 
someone else gets stabbed, or worse. 

I have talked to the representatives of the GWHFC and they are combative, stubborn, and as 
their PR material states, they are willing to fight the neighbors and neighborhoods they inhabit. 

We don't want their line near us anymore. 

Please understand that to negotiate will do nothing for the Melrose neighborhood. We need to 
relocate them to a building with bathrooms and treatment facilities. They attract the worst kind 
of people, people we worked hard to avoid by buying nice homes and paying taxes. The 
GWHFC as it is will continue to swamp us with transients until they are relocated. 

I want a neighborhood where homeless do not use our yards as toilets. I have chased people 
out of my bushes who were shooting up, leaving blood soaked rags behind and human 
excrement as well. These people come back again and again. They are living in a holding 
pattern between the food line and our neighborhood. 

Please help. 

We deserve some assistance. 

We deserve to be heard. 

We demand relocation. 

I will be organizing a community action for you. This neighborhood will be picketing the 
GWHFC soon. Your name will appear on some of the signs as well as other responsible 
decision makers in Hollywood. It's time for us to take back our neighborhood streets, by force 
if necessary. As you know, when a community gets angry, things happen fast. 

Peter from the Melrose Neighborhood Assoc and I know multiple journalists and 
photographers from the LA Weekly. We are hoping to get a story published soon about the 
lack of response from local officials to help this community. If you want to be involved in this, 
please get in touch. My Mom likes you, I like you, we need you now sir. 

Alexander Polinsky 
818 395 2462 


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Sharon Shapiro, Hollywood Area Director 

Councilmember Tom LaBonge, 4th District 

6501 Fountain Ave., Room #87 

Los Angeles, CA 90028 

Office: (323) 957-6334 

BlackBerry: (323) 637-7629 

Sharon.Shapiro@lacity.org 

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John Darnell 

Senior Field Deputy & Social Service Advocate 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz 

822 S. Robertson Boulevard, Ste. 102 

Los Angeles, CA 90035 

(310) 289-0353 

(310) 289-0365 fax 

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Re: WHFC MAC Update 

Todd Waldman <tbwaldman@gmail.com> Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 3:42 PM 

To: Capri Maddox <capri.maddox@lacity.org> 

Cc: Diane Demetras <diane.demetras@gmail.com>, Peter Nichols <peter@melroseaction.com>, 
susanlevi@labids.org, kerry@hollywoodbid.org, tim.harter@asm.ca.gov, Tom.Labonge@lacity.org, 
John.Damell@lacity.org, sharon.shapiro@lacity.org, DR LOVE <dr.love_dd@yahoo.com>, s c 
<syl.calu@gmail.com>, Alexander Polinsky <alexniver@mac.com>, Andre.Quintero@lacity.org, 
Jeanie.cho.lewin@lacity.org 

Sure thing, Capri. 

One quick question though: When do you shut down the illegal food line that was linked to the murder at 
Hollywood and Highland? 

I call Sharon in Tom's office (Hi Tom, if you're reading this! Would love to hear from you before we vote you out 
of office!) and she says she's putting pressure on you. I email your office and YOU tell me you’re putting 
pressure on Sharon. We're still in a quagmire, and guess what - Crime continues to pour into our neighborhood! 

Are you guys afraid of Latham and Watkins? Is that what's going on here? Anyone want to show some courage 
here because someone could die.... again. Will you feel good about yourself and your effort if another murder 
occurs because of a dangerous person kept on the street by the illegal GWHFC? 

Let me paint the picture: 

October 1. I set up tents on Romaine and Sycamore at 4PM. Me and 100 of my friends block the sidewalks and 
park our cars UP AND DOWN ROMAINE to stop them from setting up. This occurs every SINGLE day till they 
don't come back to our neighborhood. LA WEEKLY AND LA TIMES AND EVERY NEWS CHANNEL COMES 
TO THE SCENE AND ASKS WHAT'S GOING ON. 

First name out of my mouth: Tom Labonge. 

Second name: Capri Maddox. 

Third name: Tim Harter. 

We clear? You get where we're GOING? 

WORK HARDER. ELECTED OFFICIALS READING THIS: WORK FUCKING HARDER. WE PAY TAX 
DOLLARS FOR THIS. 

Todd 


On Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 12:52 AM, Capri Maddox <capri. maddox@lacity.org> wrote: 

Hi Diane, 

Thank your for your email! I had a long conversation with Peter on Saturday regarding the WHFC. I think 
your group is well-positioned to use many tools - maybe even a legislative approach to move your safety 
issues forward. 



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I will work with you and MAC, beyond the typical tools within the Office of the City Attorney, to try to help 
your area in an advisory role. Due to the limited NPP resources for your area, I'm going to help MAC 
address this issue. As you know, I'm now in a position that covers more responsibilities, so I will work 
directly with Peter to help him navigate MAC'S public safety needs in City Hall. 

For your day to day concerns, please direct them to your Neighborhood Prosecutor (Quintero - Hollywood; 
Lewin - Wilshire). However, you can copy me on your messages. If you need Bureau of Street Services 
(BSS), LA Dept of Building and Safety (LADBS) or LA Co. Health involved, it would be best to engage your 
I Mayoral/ City Council reps to coordinate those efforts. 

Please keep in mind that due to my new assignment, I cannot participate in day to day Neighborhood 
Prosecutor duties, such as regular community meetings, daily emails on this matter from multiple parties 
or handling court cases. However, I will be available for discussions with Peter or another point person on 
your team to support the efforts of your NP's. 

Although I haven't worked in your area as attorney for over three years, the MAC group is an amazing gem 
of the City and we want to support your efforts. It is clear that the resources of LAPD, City Atty, LA Co 
Health, BSS or LADBS alone cannot properly address the issues here. However, working together, we can 
take steps to deal with your public safety/health concerns. 

As you know, this situation became more intense over a 20yr period, so it'll take a just a little time and a 
creative approach to address your problems. In my few weeks back with the Office of the City Attorney, I 
can see that your community is even more united, organized, and motivated, so we are here for you! 

Capri 


From: Diane Demetras [mailto:diane.demetras@gmail.com] 

Sent: Friday, August 16, 2013 12:41 AM 

To: capri.maddox@lacity.org <capri.maddox@lacity.org> 

Cc: Peter Nichols <peter@melroseaction.com>; susanlevi@labids.org <susanlevi@labids.org>; 
tbwaldman@gmail.com <tbwaldman@gmail.com>; kerry@hollywoodbid.org <kerry@hollywoodbid.org>; 
tim.harter@asm.ca.gov <tim.harter@asm.ca.gov>; tom.labonge@lacity.org <tom.labonge@lacity.org>; 
john.damell@lacity.org <john.damell@lacity.org>; sharon.shapiro@lacity.org <sharon.shapiro@lacity.org>; 

DR LOVE <dr.love_dd@yahoo.com>; s c <syl.calu@gmail.com>; Alexander Polinsky 
< alexniver@ mac. com> 

Subject: Fwd: Do not support GWHFC 

Dear Ms. Maddox, 

I met you at the Melrose Action meeting last month at Blu Jam Cafe that was organized by Peter Nichols. 

Thank you for attending. 

As a representative of the City Attorney's office you need to know that the residents on Sycamore Ave., 
myself included, are convinced that the GWHFC at LaBrea and Romaine blights our area so badly that it is 
now unsafe for us to live and walk in our own neighborhood. Collectively, we have contacted the donors and 
supporters of that program, letting them know that the program is NOT supported by the neighborhood, that we 
are disgusted with what our area has become and we are urging them to stop supporting the GWHFC. My 
email to them is below. 

As a result of my speaking out, Ted Landreth has threatened to sue me. 

I will also be forwarding to you a letter from my neighbor. 

Thank you for your help. 

Diane Demetras 

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N. Sycamore Ave. 

PS. This from the Beverly Press. Unfortunately, these are the people sleeping in our doorways and in our 
bushes. 

http://parklabreanewsbeverlypress.com/news/2013/08/alleged-thief-arrested/ 


Forwarded message 

From: Diane Demetras <diane.demetras@gmail.com> 

Date: Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:25 PM 
Subject: Do not support GWHFC 

To: harter@asm.ca.gov, Richard Bloom <richard2012@richardbloom.com>, aaroe@johnaaroegroup.com, 
kevin@boydpr.com, info@theahmansonfoundation.org, angie@gppirx.com, admin@nhers.org, 
aland@weho.org, platinum@platinumequity.com, ceo@platinumequity.com, robbension@livenation.com, 
ericlassen@livenation.com, mazonmail@mazon.org, info@saintvictor.org, untitledsusannagrant@gmail.com, 
info@hopics.org 


To All Organizations and Individuals who Support 
the GWHFC at Waring and Romaine Ave., 

My husband and I are homeowners and landlords of property on N. Sycamore Ave., just south of 
Waring, since 1989, and have lived in this area since that time. We are urging you to stop supporting 
the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition because it is making our beloved neighborhood a 
nightmare. We walk or bike the neighborhood almost daily. We know what a safe, healthy 
neighborhood looks and feels like and ours is a mess. 

We have had to install security gates and fencing to keep indigents from wandering onto our 
property, defecating and peeing on our front gate and back gate, passing out in the yard, showering 
with the hose, spraying graffiti, doing drugs, strewing trash and condoms, stealing bicycles. The 
sickest individuals and most in need of help are passed out in any available business doorway 
(Moore Paints, US Bank, Jiffy Lube, Italy 2000), and groups of more mobile individuals seem to be 
constantly on the prowl for items to steal (yesterday at 7:30 am we watched them wrangle a suite 
case from an open jeep parked across the street from our house). My children are afraid to walk the 
streets because there are often very ill, raving individuals at almost every street corner (Waring and 
Sycamore/Sycamore and Melrose/LaBrea and Waring/Waring and Highland). My 15 year old 
daughter is afraid to walk to her dance class at Highland and Waring. We have had bicycles stolen 
from our locked garages and the most brazen are smoking pot, shooting up, strewing condoms on 
our curb, in the area between buildings, in our yard. Groups of intoxicated men congregate at 
Sycamore and Melrose. Drunken squatters are periodically rousted by the police and required to 
clean up their make shift camps on the sidewalk or in the bushes. They hang out all day, waiting for 
food. I know that many neighbors share our concerns and have had to install expensive renovations 
to protect their property. 

After having sent comments to the Melrose Villiage Blog indicating these observations, my husband 
and I were approached by Ted Landreth. He explained the mission of his organization and hoped 
that if we embraced the work of the GWHFC, our neighborhood would be better for it. I'm not 
convinced and it's not getting better. Frankly put, I do not think GWHFC is good for our 
neighborhood. It seems to be keeping the individuals most in need on the streets and concentrated 
in our area. This organization is in sharp contrast to SOVA on La Brea - a well organized food pantry 
that does not attract lawless and very ill individuals. GWHFC attracts a completely different clientele, 
individuals who are in need of much more than just food and seem to be continually on the street, 
continually ill, and in our neighborhood! And as you may know, the man responsible for stabbing a 
woman to death earlier this summer has been associated with GWHFC. 

We have full time jobs, a family, pay property taxes. We want to live in a safe, clean, walking friendly 
neighborhood. 

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Please stop your support of this program so that we can start to clean up our neighborhood 

N. Sycamore Resident 
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John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 


Fwd: A letter was sent to Ms. Boxer. Since I have exhausted all my energies 
with the clowns in LA City Hall. 

Diane Demetras <diane.demetras@gmail.com> Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 8:58 PM 

To: tom.labonge@lacity.org 

Cc: Peter Nichols <peter@melroseaction.com>, Todd Waldman <tbwaldman@gmail.com>, Val Wolf 
<val.wolf1@gmail.com>, Alexander Polinsky <alexniver@mac.com>, Alex Indik <verticalcow@yahoo.com>, 
rtioward@occidentalentertainment.com, susanlevi@labids.org, capri.maddox@lacity.org, john.damell@lacity.org, 
tim.harter@asm.ca.gov 

Dear Councilman LaBonge, 

Another N. Sycamore resident, neighbor and homeowner who has been fighting the GWHFC battle for five years 
- in person, at 

City Hall, every other day. She has been threatened with litigation by Ted Landreth. 

Diane 


Forwarded message 

From: s c <syl.calu@gmail.com> 

Date: Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 8:30 PM 

Subject: A letter was sent to Ms. Boxer. Since I have exhausted all my energies with the clowns in LA City Hall. 
To: Diane Demetras <diane.demetras@gmail.com> 


United States Senator of California 
Honorable Senator Barbara Boxer 

Our neighbors and homeless of Melrose Ave and La Brea are being victimized for a 
number of years by scrupulous politicians, donors and by GWHFC Greater West 
Hollywood Food Coalition on 937 N. Sycamore Ave, Hollywood, CA 90038 

I have had follow the chain of command at Los Angeles City Hall, Counsel’s Office and 
numerous other agencies related to this matter. It has been five years that have petitioned 
to remove and close the drug dispensaries at the Media District (Melrose Ave / La Brea Ave) 
affecting my neighborhood. 

Unfortunately, the Mayor’s Office, Counsel’s Office while on election compromise to start 
proceedings to remove funding from GWHFC, once elected, I am being referred to another 
Bureaucratic Office. 

Our children are being exposed to a third world occurrence on a daily basis. Our children 
are being terrorized by daily episodes of homeless having intercourse on our drive ways or 
bushes; prostitutes exchanging services from the patrons of drug dispensaries that are less 
than 100 feet from a Jewish Elementary School and next door to a Synagogue. 

The Greater West Hollywood Food GWHFC has been providing services to the homeless 
that is so degrading where job search, resume writing, needle exchange, and food not 
edible is provided on a daily basis on the evenings for half-an-hour. These seriously ill 

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transients can hardly stand up, how can they fill out an application or write a 
resume? However, the services are being provided on the sidewalk without proper 
sanitation. 

Furthermore, the politicians, donors, and GWHFC are not serving the best interests of our 
children, or serve the best interests of the homeless since, it is a very lucrative business, it 
keeps them in power in return the donors get special favors from LA City Hall and the 
GWHFC is flooded with donations. 

In conclusion, our families have endure the abuse by scrupulous politicians and homeless, 
and we wish for our children to be able to grow in a positive environment and not be 
surrounded by homeless, which the majority are mentally ill and drug addicts. 

Your attention to this matter is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please feel 
free to contact me through my gmail address. 

Respectfully, 

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Please Read: Concerns About the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition 


Norah Vasen <norahvasen@gmail.com> Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 12:35 PM 

To: tom.labonge@lacity.org, john.damell@lacity.org, sharon.shapiro@lacity.org, scott.levin@lacity.org, 
Carolyn.Ramsay@lacity.org, capri.maddox@lacity.org, tim.harter@asm.ca.gov, kerry@hollywoodbid.org, 
laurie@chnc.org, scott@chnc.org, debbie@chnc.org, nicole.carcel@lacity.org, jeanie.cho.lewin@lacity.org, 
andre.quintero@lacity.org 

To my elected city officials, 

I am writing to you today about the activities being conducted by the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition. 

I am a current resident of the West Hollywood area, but I will be moving immediately to the Silver Lake area 
because of the dangerous homeless problem that is being exacerbated by the GWHFC. 

I am aware that there is an illegal food line that is being run by the GWHFC at the intersection of Sycamore and 
Romaine. I do believe that since this food line is not providing shelter to the homeless community at-large, it is 
instead creating a much larger problem for the residents of this area. There have been obvious issues that span 
across the neighborhood (i.e., men and women urinating in people's yards, sleeping in car ports, and sitting on 
lawns as residents walk out to their cars). Not to mention drugs and prostitution. 

And now, with the recent murder at Hollywood and Highland, where a homeless man murdered a woman, I do 
fear for me and my family's safety. 

It is unacceptable for the elected city official to ignore a serious problem such as this. Will it take another murder 
for someone to pay attention? I know that I'm not the only one who is concerned with this issue and I will vote 
against the current city officials that are in office to ensure that this matter is take care of. 

Thank you for your consideration, 

Norah Vasen 
(713) 828-5981 

836 N. Fuller 

Los Angeles, CA 90046 


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John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 


Fwd: Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition 

Todd Waldman <tbwaldman@gmail.com> Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 3:27 PM 

To: Sharon Shapiro <sharon.shapiro@lacity.org> 

Cc: Capri Maddox <capri.maddox@lacity.org>, Scott Levin <scott.levin@lacity.org>, John Darnell 
<John.Damell@lacity.org>, "tim.harter@asm.ca.gov Harter" <tim.harter@asm.ca.gov>, Carolyn Ramsay 
<Carolyn.Ramsay@lacity.org> 

I will call you in 10 minutes. Thank you! 


On Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 3:22 PM, Sharon Shapiro <sharon.shapiro@lacity.org> wrote: 

Good afternoon Todd, 

Per your email, I tried to reach you a few moments ago. Please let me know when you are available to talk 
this afternoon, between now and 5:00 pm. Otherwise, perhaps we can schedule some time on Monday 
afternoon? 

I am in our Toluca Lake Office right now, 818-755-7631. 

Best 


On Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 7:41 PM, Todd Waldman <tbwaldman@gmail.com> wrote: 

Sharon and Capri, want to make sure you saw this. Sharon, would love to talk to you tomorrow. Lots of big 
developments. I mean this in all sincerity, you might want to be out in front of them or walking hand in hand 
with us. 

Thanks, 

Todd 


Forwarded message 

From: Howard, Rick <rhoward@occidentalentertainment.com> 

Date: Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 5:14 PM 
Subject: Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition 

To: "councilmember.labonge@lacity.org" <councilmember.labonge@lacity.org>, "tom.labonge@lacity.org" 
<tom.labonge@lacity.org> 

Cc: "Darian, Craig" <darian@occidentalentertainment.com>, "Sweet, Albert" <albert@albertsweetent.com>, 
"mayor.garcetti@lacity.org" <mayor.garcetti@lacity.org>, "eric.garcetti@lacity.org" 

<eric.garcetti@lacity.org>, "Angela Motta (angela.motta@lacity.org)" <angela.motta@lacity.org>, 
"mitch.ofarrell@lacity.org" <mitch.ofarrell@lacity.org>, Mitch O'Farrell <mitch@mitchforcitycouncil.org>, 
"istim.harter@asm.ca.gov" <istim.harter@asm.ca.gov>, "isrichard2012@richardbloom.com" 

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(beatrice.girmala@lapd.lacity.org)" <beatrice.girmala@lapd.lacity.org>, "Susan Levi (susanlevi@labids.org)" 
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"JOHN WASHINGTON (24902@lapd.lacity.org)" <24902@lapd.lacity.org>, "Wong, Gail" 
<gail@occidentalentertainment.com>, "Davis, Marcus" <Marcus@occidentalentertainment.com>, "Gubler, 

Leron (Leron@hollywoodchamber.net)" <Leron@hollywoodchamber.net>, "Kerry Morrison 
(kerry@hollywoodbid.org)" <kerry@hollywoodbid.org>, "Thomasian, Baydsar 

(Baydsar.Thomasian@sen.ca.gov)" <Baydsar.Thomasian@sen.ca.gov>, "tamar.galatzan@lacity.org" 
<tamar.galatzan@lacity.org>, "Sheryl Fox (sheryl.fox@lacity.org)" <sheryl.fox@lacity.org>, Rose Mann 
<rosemann@recordplant.com>, Jason Carson <jasoncarson@recordplant.com>, 

"JEFF@RECORDPLANT.COM" <JEFF@recordplant.com>, Bill DeRonde <Bill@chainsawedit.com>, Stan 

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Hathaway <shathaway@5plusdesign.com>, John Long <johnl@buddhajonestrailers.com>, Tony Carmona 
<tony@sirenstudios.com>, Diane Demetras <diane.demetras@gmail.com>, Alexander Polinsky 
! <alexniver@mac.com>, "garson@yuco.com" <garson@yuco.com>, "carol@yuco.com" 
<carol@yuco.com>, "mario.lejtman@chromehearts.com" <mario. lejtman@chromehearts.com>, "Jim 
Omanen (jim@mediadistrict.org)" <jim@mediadistrict.org>, "Kaylee@hollywoodchamber.net" 

< Kaylee@hollywoodchamber.net>, Andre Quintero <andre.quintero@lacity.org>, Angelo Yenko 
<angelo.yenko@lacity.org>, "landrethassociates@gmail.com" <landrethassociates@gmail.com>, 
"robert.dell@lw.com" <robert.dell@lw.com>, "Brown, Cassandra" <Cassandra@ 
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j i 

Dear Councilmember Labonge: 


We have recently been forwarded several e-mails addressed to you from Hollywood residents 
and business people alike, who have vehemently complained about the many egregious problems 
the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition brings into our neighborhood each and every day. 
These letters are notable in two meaningful respects: (1) they echo the complaints our company 
and many others have repeatedly brought to you over the past year; and (2) they describe what, 
in our opinion, are the outrageous bullying tactics employed by Ted Landreth, the “Volunteer 
Secretary” of the food line, whose tactics appear to be intended to silence property owners with 
the threat of litigation. These residential neighbors, like us and countless other business people in 
the area, have credibly objected to Mr. Landreth's feeding program. We particularly object to 
Mr. Landreth invoking the name of Latham & Watkins into this matter for the apparent purposes 
of intimidation, as though he speaks on behalf of this prestigious law firm. 


To be perfectly clear, it is unknown (i) whether Latham & Watkins has opined on the lawful 
standing of this unwieldy program given the well-documented havoc it has created in our 
neighborhood; (ii) whether the firm is prepared to get involved on Mr. Landreth's behalf as 
plaintiff s or defendant’s counsel; or (iii) whether the firm is conflicted given its presumed 
representation of countless others whose interests are in conflict with Mr. Landreth and this 
program. 


On this later point, and without unnecessary elaboration, our tenants and clients who have been 
adversely effected by this program includes several major studios, networks, production 
companies, record companies...; all of whom have had staff and talent complain about mentally 
ill, substance abusing vagrants who are attracted to our neighborhood by the food line, and who 
thereafter loiter in our streets causing havoc, harassment, and destruction. They wander our 
streets and defecate, urinate, vomit, discard used hypodermic needles and condoms, set fire to 
trash bins, break into cars, harass and assault people - and now, as you know, one of the food 
line’s volunteers recently murdered a young woman over a dollar. Your office can no longer 
overlook this egregious matter, or allow a multitude of complaints to wallow in bureaucratic 
purgatory. 


As stated before, our company owns a portfolio of real property assets with a net valuation in the 
9-figures, which includes a dozen sound stages and more than three dozen commercial properties 


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in and around the Hollywood area. We have countless high-profile entertainment tenants and 
clients who have strongly complained about blight and safety concerns precipitated by this poorly 
managed program, and we have lost business because of it. Believe me when I tell you that they 
are not sing in g "Hoorav For Hollywood . M 


In our opinion, Mr. Landreth’s program should not be permitted to hijack our neighborhood, and 
he should not be able to bully our neighbors or the City with the kind of bluster that has been 
described in the many letters to you from law-abiding citizens. These are people who live and 
work in your District, and they are in fear for their safety and the destruction of their property 
And yet you do nothing. 


We reiterate our many demands that the City take all action necessary to relocate this program to 
a setting that does not adversely affect public well-being, and which competes with the legitimate 
commercial interests of those who have invested heavily in our neighborhood. This includes 
those homeowners who seek, and who are entitled to, the quiet enjoyment of their homes and the 
safety of public walkways. Our complaints merit your support and the support of 
Councilmember O’ Farrell, and action by the City that is now long overdue. This additionally 
includes Mayor Garcetti, whose silence is likewise troubling. 


Finally, it’s notable that the food line’s name is the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition, and 
although the food line got its start in West Hollywood, the City leaders of West Hollywood had 
the good sense and good stewardship to outlaw these types of outdoor, unlicensed food lines in 
the best interests of their constituents. We are asking, read demanding , that you show the same 
respect, concern, and legislative representation for your constituents who are suffering from 
inaction attributable to you and your office. Although we surely have rights and remedies 
available at law, we are looking to the City to stop with its clear abrogation of duty to act on 
behalf of the greater public interest. 


To reiterate, our company, along with others, will financially support an alternative and more 
humane setting for the homeless; but we will no longer stand still while this unruly program 
runs unabated on our streets. On point, our company already donated $ 1,600 to PATH so they 
could interview the attendees of the food line. In notable part, PATH found that nearly 1/3 of 
these people were NOT homeless, while 80% reported substance abuse issues and 90% 
reported mental health issues. If we were a school, the Dolby Theater during the Academy 
Awards, or any other high-profile tourist site, this program would have been shut down long 
ago. It is not our duty to find another location, or a plausible excuse for the City to do nothing 
while this program continues to wreak with apparent impunity. Enough said. 


Please read this letter in harmony with my several other letters in this regard, the substance of 
which is reiterated hereby and made a part hereof. 


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Special Services for Groups, the non-profit organization under which the food line operates (via 
fax), and Bob Dell, Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins. 

Yours truly, 

! 

Rick Howard 

********************** 

Richard Howard 

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer 
Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, Inc. 

1149 N. McCadden Place 
Hollywood, CA 90038 
Voice: (323) 464-0055 
Fax: (323) 464-0099 
! www.OccidentalEntertainment.com 


Sharon Shapiro, Hollywood Area Director 

Councilmember Tom LaBonge, 4th District 

6501 Fountain Ave., Room #87 

Los Angeles, CA 90028 

Office: (323) 957-6334 

BlackBerry: (323) 637-7629 

Sharon.Shapiro@lacity.org 

For Councilmember LaBonge's news and updates, you can follow him on Facebook or sign up for his weekly 
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John Darnell <john. darnell@lacity.org> 


Fwd: This is what the uproar is about.... 

Peter Nichols <peter@melroseaction.com> Sun, Aug 25, 2013 at 3:40 AM 

To: alexander polinsky <alexniver@mac.com>, DR LOVE <dr.love_dd@yahoo.com>, Susan Levi 
<susanlevi@labids.org>, labids@att.blackberry.net, Paul Lerner <paullemer@mac.com>, Diane Demetras 
<diane.demetras@gmail.com>, Todd Waldman <tbwaldman@gmail.com>, John Darnell <john.damell@lacity.org> 

Hello Everyone - here is a draft of a letter to Kai Loebach who responded to Dr. Loves initial complaint letter 
about the GWHFC'S operation at Sycamore and Romaine. I was really angered by his flippant response and 
stayed up till the wee hours of the night drafting this.. I think I summed up the situation quite well? Thoughts 
then ill send it... 

Please chime in.. .to me.. Thanks... 


Kai - 


Your response to this persons complaint came across my eyes late today... 

Frankly and honestly I'm gravely disappointed at your belittling tone against someone you have never met and 
have no clue of her background. 

Your response I have to say is typical of a now nearly pre-recorded message that is played over and over by not 
only Mr. Landreath, but now by you too, admittedly and proudly one of his supporters. 

What's so great about Dr. Love is she, and you obviously didn't realize, quite frankly is a peer to those down and 
out like many the free meal services each and every day. 

What so sad about your response to her is how you became tone deaf to her concerns and homed in on the lack 
of city state and federal assistance to those who struggle with their issues each and every day. She's one of 
them. She's been in that line at Sycamore and Romaine. Maybe you yourself served her a meal. Now here you 
are attempting to, degrade the very people you portend to be working to help out because no one else is... 

What's so hypocritical here is I remembering getting at least two very frustrating phone calls from you 
overwrought with anger over "filthy alleyways, relentless tagging, destructive window etching on your business 
on Fairfax and.. ..transients in your alleyway” ... I also remember that you were certain that the LAPD was doing 
a terrible job in that area "curbing" these issues and you were "furious" over their lack of action. You admitted 
that you contacted what city officials you could round up on your behalf to help you "solve your problem". I even 
gave you suggestions on what do to help you ease your frustration. I'm sure you remember. That was in 2012. 

In fact I just received another email from you again seeking remedy to a repeat of your past experience. As 
you honestly know, I helped you. As a volunteer to my community, I took your call, spent my time guiding you 
to some possible remedies and HEARD your frustration and angst. 

I'm honestly dumbfounded why when getting a heartfelt complaint about collateral damage the GWHFC's efforts 
put upon our community at large - your immediate words are to belittle the messenger and sound like an attempt 
to degrade and discredit her through your own words. That's scary. And frankly feel sorry for Dr. Love getting 
such a cruel response, especially from you, who by your words complained to me directly about collateral 
damage to your very own area - maybe maybe by people you yourself are serving at Sycamore and Romaine. 
Oh the irony. 

Kai - 1 and others in our area surrounding this free meal line have tried in vein to work at a remedy to moving this 
private enterprise off a public street corner, out of the gutter so to speak and into a facility or business equipped 
to manage the challenges that come from such an operation. A street comer is not a solution, but in all honesty 
a magnification of the issue you fight so hard to overcome. 


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No one I know or work with want nothing better than to help those who can't help themselves at some point along 
their path in their lives. .many of us Kai have our own experiences of falling down to the ground and working our 
way back up again, maybe you have as well... Judging by your response to a valid complaint, somehow any 
help to the down and out you've said to have given or still do hasn't apparently resulted in much humility or 
humbleness for all, not just those in line and Sycamore and Romaine. 

Kai -- it's a fact that dangerous people frequent the line. It's documented in numerous arrests made at the line, 
around that area, and in fact Dr. Love is correct, the innocent girl viciously murdered in mid June at Hollywood 
and Highland was apparently connected to the food line as a known volunteer, this according to numerous publiv 
press reports. Its a bit shocking that you'd have such a hard time understanding the reality of such information 
instead of expressing sympathy to the matter and the honest concern we that live and work in this community 
have to that connection. Given your past gripes about issues surrounding your business on Fairfax, had this 
food line operated in or around your location, I'm certain you'd be very vocal about its impact on the area at 
large. It's jarring to me that in this case you turn a totally deaf ear in the name of working for the common good. 

You should know that a colony of residents, merchants, property owners, and stakeholders now equivocally want 
the privately funded food line moved off the public sidewalks, street, and gutter and into a legitimate facility to 
give true dignity to those it serves. I myself with countless others have spent hundreds of hours of our time 
trying to facilitate such an effort in earnest - going on five years. Five years. Since 1981 I've put in over 400 
hours of service at the L.A. Rescue Mission, I've served on the boards of non profits like Bienvenidos Family 
Sen/ices in East Los Angeles, I've been a volunteer at Padres Contra El Cancer, Las Memorias The Aids 
Memorial Wall Project, El Rescate, MALDEF, and for the last five years I volunteer each and everyday to help 
protect my neighbors, including you. 

Instead of waving off our concerns as meaningless in the scope of a lack governmental action you seem to be 
implying that we as stakeholders have no right to raise issue to the side effects of this street comer operation - 
Kai you of all people should be listening. 

If your so concerned about helping those who need it most, consider this. How bout you put all that passion 
towards rounding up Mr. Landreaths donors and find a solution that benefits those you intend to serve and truly 
get them off the street comer or sidewalk into a place where they can eat, get a health exam, shower, use the 
restroom and not the street, and provide them with clothing and maybe housing or transitional advocates and 
mental health practitioners as well, and REALLY help them to help THEMSELVES. 

You see - Dr. Love did it, so can countless others. Help them. Help us. Help legitimize Teds operation, and 
help work to improve its goals... 

There is building opposition to the continued operation of this free meal line at that loaction on many many 
fronts. If you'd like all of that information, I'm happy to forward it to you and you can address them hopefully in a 
better more listening tone than that professed in your previous response. 

Kai - 1 really don't want a response, because quite frankly there is no argument you can make to me about this. 
Just like you wanted the law enforced in relation to your business's issues on Fairfax, so do the neighbors, 
merchants, property owners, stakeholders and others in relation to the food line. It's not a legal operation in its 
current location, period. Check with the City Attorneys office, the city of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services, 
the L.A. Department of Building and Safety, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, and so on. 

Also, maybe you might want to sit down with Anthony Spampanato, a former employee of the GWHFC's and 
LISTEN by yourself as to what he is telling the community about the operation and ways it might benefit from 
some better oversight from strong supporters and donors like yourself. Maybe a meeting could be called by just 
donors to hear his allegations and the communities concerns and you all collectively team up and work hard at a 
solution?! 


Sincerely, 


Peter Nichols 


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Begin forwarded message: 


From: DR LOVE <dr.love_dd@yahoo.com> 

Date: August 24, 2013, 8:21:59 PM PDT 
To: peter@melroseaction.com 

Subject: FW: Re: This is what the uproar is about... 


This letter below is going to slam me for my name. I dont know if I told you I have an Honorary 
Doctorate in Divinity for my 22 years of ministry on the streets and my last name is Love. 

— Forwarded Message — 

From: kailoebach@kaisevents.com 
To: dr.love_dd@yahoo.com 
Sent: Sat, Aug 24, 2013 6:28 PM PDT 
Subject: Re: This is what the uproar is about.... 

Dear Dr. Love, 

What strikes me as strange is that you have chosen a name like Dr. Love. You must either be 
very insecure to not use your own name or really have a reason to hide your identity. If I 
understand you correctly, if a murderer shops at Ralph's I cant shop there any longer since I'd be 
supporting a company where murderers shop? 

It's a terrible thing when anyone loses their life due to the action of someone's wrong doing but you 
certainly cant blame Ted for the action of an individual. 

I support Ted and Penny 100% and your cheap propaganda will never change my mind. I have 
worked the food line many times and I wouldnt wish this on anyone to be in a situation which 
these poor folks are facing. 

For you to make a statement that the same folks that Ted is feeding are responsible for the murder 
is ridiculous! 

The GWFC would not be necessary if the city or the state would take better care of their homeless 
or mentally ill citizens. Unfortunately it isn't so. Therefore I will do anything to continue to help as 
much as I can. 

I just hope fate will never turn around for you where you might be happy that someone like Ted and 
Penny supply you with a meal and clothing as well as medical attention. 

Love should always be with you, Dr. Love 
Sincerely, 

Kai Loebach 

Sent from my iPhone so kindly forgive my short hand, brevity and misspellings. 

310-717-3755 

On Aug 24, 2013, at 5:19 PM, DR LOVE <dr.love_dd@yahoo.com> wrote: 


To Kai's Events, 

Perhaps you are not aware of the public outrage over Greater West Hollywood Food 
Coalition's food line. The transients of this area are responsible for two murders and 
a stabbing. What if your daughter was the one stabbed to death like Christine 
Caldaron on Hollywood Bl. And Highland simply because she didnt give $1 to a 
transient that frequented the food line. Im sure you mean well but your donation is 
supporting crime, drugs, theft and now murder. Im sure your business would rather 
be associated with far more nobel charities. 

Thank You, 

Dr. Love 

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From: dr.love_dd@yahoo.com 

To: ssg@ssgmain.org 

Sent: Thu, Aug 22, 2013 8:38 PM POT 

Subject: Attention Mr. John Eckman This is what the uproar is about.... 


Dear Mr. Eckman, 

After numerous attempt to resolve this with Ted Landreth of GWHFC and Dr. 
Hatamaka of SSG, I am calling on you to intervene and stop the GWHFC food line 
that has now been linked to several murders in the neighborhood. A picture says 
1,000 words so I have sent 5 pictures to give you 5,000 reasons why we want the 
GWHFC out. Unfortunately, the pictures reveal where the food, given at the GWHFC 
food line ends up on my front lawn. Sincerely, Dr. Love 

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John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 


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Chief Gary Harris <chief.investigator.la@gmail ; com> Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 12:59 PM 

To: John Darnell <john.damell@lacity.org> 

Cc: Gary Harris <gary.harris@lacity.org>, Tom Caraballo <Tom.Caraballo@lacity.org>, Sharon Shapiro 
<Sharon.Shapiro@lacity.org> 

Thanks John 

Sent from my iPhone 

On Aug 28, 2013, at 12:50 PM, John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> wrote: 


Gary: 

Our office wanted to express our thanks to the Bureau of Street Services' Investigation and 
Enforcement Division for inspecting the south west corner of Sycamore Avenue and Romaine 
Street recently. The address is either 957 N Sycamore Ave or 7060 W Romaine St, Los Angeles, 
CA 90038. As you may know, the complaint involved equipment/items on the sidewalk and street 
everyday during the early evening. Our office has fielded many complaints, along with CD 4 since 
it's in their Council District, and we appreciate your efforts. We know CD 4 has worked very hard 
to try and work with this group, and we support your efforts to enforce. 

Thank you, 


John Darnell 

Senior Field Deputy & Social Service Advocate 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz 

822 S. Robertson Boulevard, Ste. 102 

Los Angeles, CA 90035 

(310) 289-0353 

(310) 289-0365 fax 

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John Darnell <john.damell@lacity.org> Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 1:04 PM 

To: Paul Lemer <paullemer@mac.com> 

Paul, 

This email is not public knowledge, but I wanted to make sure you saw this. Gary is the head of the 
Investigation and Enforcement Division at the Bureau of Street Services. Looks like things are happening. 

Thanks, 

John 


Forwarded message 

From: John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 

Date: Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 12:50 PM 

Subject: Recent Citation - 957 N Sycamore Ave/7060 W Romaine St 
To: Gary Harris <gary.harris@lacity.org> 

Cc: Tom Caraballo <Tom.Caraballo@lacity.org>, Sharon Shapiro <Sharon.Shapiro@lacity.org> 


Gary: 

Our office wanted to express our thanks to the Bureau of Street Services' Investigation and Enforcement 
Division for inspecting the south west corner of Sycamore Avenue and Romaine Street recently. The address is 
either 957 N Sycamore Ave or 7060 W Romaine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038. As you may know, the complaint 
involved equipment/items on the sidewalk and street everyday during the early evening. Our office has fielded 
many complaints, along with CD 4 since it's in their Council District, and we appreciate your efforts. We know 
CD 4 has worked very hard to try and work with this group, and we support your efforts to enforce. 

Thank you, 


John Darnell 

Senior Field Deputy & Social Service Advocate 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz 

822 S. Robertson Boulevard, Ste. 102 

Los Angeles, CA 90035 

(310) 289-0353 

(310) 289-0365 fax 

Have you signed up to receive Councilmember Koretz's e-newsletter? To subscribe, click here: 
http://cd5.lacity.org/newslettersignup/index.htm 


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Recent Citation - 957 N Sycamore Ave/7060 W Romaine St 

Peter Nichols <peter@melroseaction.com> Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 3:16 PM 

To: alexander polinsky <alexniver@mac.com>, Todd Waldman <tbwaldman@gmail.com>, DR LOVE 
<dr.love_dd@yahoo.com>, s c <syl.calu@gmail.com>, Val Wolf <val.wolf1@gmail.com>, Maggie Robinson 
<my robins@gmail.com> 

Cc: John Darnell <john.damell@lacity.org> 


Hello Everyone - 

Read below... This was done at my request. 

Please take a moment and THANK HIM for standing up for our neighborhood. John Darnell is the Senior Field Deputy 
for Council Member Paul Koretz. He put in a lot of hours on working towards a resolve and I appreciate him backing the 
efforts of Tom LaBonges office and the enforcement actions working towards offering us some relief... 

Please reach out to him at John Darnell <john .darnell@lacity.org> 


melrasMctlon 

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323-208-2131 | peter@melroseaction.com 

http://www.melroseaction.com 

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On Aug 28, 2013, at 1:02 PM, John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> wrote: 


Forwarded message 

From: John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 

Date: Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 12:50 PM 

Subject: Recent Citation - 957 N Sycamore Ave/7060 W Romaine St 
To: Gary Harris <gary.harris@lacity.org> 

Cc: Tom Caraballo <Tom.Caraballo@lacity.org>, Sharon Shapiro <Sharon.Shapiro@lacity.org> 


Gary: 

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Division for inspecting the south west corner of Sycamore Avenue and Romaine Street recently. The 
address is either 957 N Sycamore Ave or 7060 W Romaine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038. As you may 
know, the complaint involved equipment/items on the sidewalk and street everyday during the early 
evening. Our office has fielded many complaints, along with CD 4 since it's in their Council District, and 
we appreciate your efforts. We know CD 4 has worked very hard to try and work with this group, and we 
support your efforts to enforce. 

Thank you, 


John Darnell 

Senior Field Deputy & Social Service Advocate 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz 

822 S. Robertson Boulevard, Ste. 102 

Los Angeles, CA 90035 

(310)289-0353 

(310) 289-0365 fax 

Have you signed up to receive Councilmember Koretz’s e-newsletter? To subscribe, click here: 
http://cd5.lacity.org/newslettersignup/index.htm 


John Darnell 

Senior Field Deputy & Social Service Advocate 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz 

822 S. Robertson Boulevard, Ste. 102 

Los Angeles, CA 90035 

(310)289-0353 

(310) 289-0365 fax 

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Thanks 

John Darnell <john.damell@lacity.org> Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 4:15 PM 

To: Val Wolf <val.wolf1@gmail.com> 

Val, thanks for the kind words. Hopefully we can come to a conclusion now. 


On Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 4:06 PM, Val Wolf <val.wolfl@gmail.com> wrote: 

Hi John, 

Thank you for assisting our neighborhood with the effort to enforce the lawlessness that the Greater West 
Hollywood Food Coalition has been committing for so very long. 

Valarie Wolf 


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Thank You 


Peter Nichols <peter@melroseaction.conn> 

To: Juliet Segee <juliet.segee@lacity.org>, William Cardena <wiiliam. cardena® lacity.org> 

Cc: Bea Glrmala <24916@lapd.lacity.org>, Eric Davis <davise@lapd.lacity.org>, "Paul. Koretz@lacity.org" <Paul.Koretz@lacity.org>, joan.pelico@lacity.org, John Darnell <john.damell@lacii 
<Tom.Labonge@lacity.org>, Sharon Shapiro <Sharon.shapiro@lacity.org>, carolyn.ramsay@lacity.org, tracy.james@lacity.org, nicole.carcel@lacity.org, Capri Maddox < capri. maddox@lacih 
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Dear Lt. Segee and Inspector Cardena - 

First off, on behalf of our neighborhood near the free meal line and the recent citation @ 957 N Sycamore Ave/7060 WRomaine St.. I'd like to thank you for acting on this situation that has existed at this k 
founder and coordinator of one ofthe city’s largest neighborhood watch programs - Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch (www.melroseaction.com). We have a collective membership of 2500 area neig 
location. 

I and other members of our organization have been an active participant in negotiations with the operators of this privately funded operation for the lasts years. Countless hours from leaders ofthe Los / 
Hollywood and Wilshire Division, the City Council 4th and 5th District's Deputies and staff , PATH, the Media District Building Improvement District, the Hollywood Building Improvement District, local men 
and neighborhood council members have all been at the table with leaders ofthe Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition regarding their street operations. We’ve all put forth (collectively )hundreds of n 
move into a legitimate facility and off of the streets and sidewalks of this location - but to no avail. They have repeatedly been offered to be relocated - donors have offered them shelter locations, equipnr 
to by all parties involved have not been met by the GWHFC. I sincerely feel that our city officials and the community at large has literally exhausted any attempt in earnest to help remedy this situation. 

I speak on behalf of countless community members surrounding this on-street operation in saying that its time they move off the street and abide by the rules of enforcement just like the rest of us. 

In closing, the best remedy we believe for the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition is to actively solicit its broad base of donors in solving their location and operational issues. I and others are satlsfle 
exhaustive, concerted effort to help the GWHFC achieve a solution that Is of benefit to all parties involved. 

Thank you again for your efforts. Please find a link of video that clearly shows the operation obstructing sidewalks, operating in toe street, servicing persons in toe street, and tables on the sidewalks and 
is high resolution and will take a few moments to download in order to play. It is best viewed on a broadband-connected PC. The Link is here... http://melroseaction.com/FoodLineFootageslomo.mov Alsc 
from this video for your review. 

If I can provide any further assistance, please contact me. 

Sincerely, 


Peter Nichols 



Melrose Acti in 


Neighborhood Watch 


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Gary Harris <gary. hams@lacity.org> Tue, Sep 3, 2013 at 2:45 PM 

To: Peter Nichols <peter@melroseaction.com>, Joseph Cruz <joseph.cruz@lacity.org> 

Cc: Tom Caraballo <tom.caraballo@lacity.org>, Juliet Segee <juliet.segee@lacity.org>, William Cadena 
<william.cadena@lacity.org>, "Tom.Labonge@lacity.org" <Tom.Labonge@lacity.org>, Sharon Shapiro 
<Sharon.shapiro@lacity.org>, "carolyn.ramsay@lacity.org" <carolyn.ramsay@lacity.org>, "Paul.Koretz@lacity.org" 
<Paul.Koretz@lacity.org>, Joan Pelico <joan.pelico@lacity.org>, John Darnell <john.damell@lacity.org> 

Hello 

This is an active investigation and we will take appropriate action. We are following up. 

Gary 


On Tue, Sep 3, 2013 at 2:25 PM, Peter Nichols <peter@melroseaction.com> wrote: 

Thank you for the phone call. After that call several of my community partners indicated that the food 
operation continued and in fact had tables and chairs in the street as recent as last night. 

Is that conforming to city standards? 

Please clarify 

Thank you ! 

Peter Nichols 
Founder 

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peter@melroseaction.com 

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On Sep 3, 2013, at 1:34 PM, Gary Harris <gary.harris@lacity.org> wrote: 


Hello 

Per our conversation, we will keep you updated on our enforcement efforts for thee placement of 
tables and chairs on the public right-of-way. Please feel free to call me at (213) 847-6079 with 


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any concerns. 
Gary 


On Tue, Sep 3, 2013 at 1:05 PM, Peter Nichols <peter@melroseaction.com> wrote: 

| Dear Mr. Harris -- 

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I realize that your departments efforts are large and cumbersome and appreciate the hard work you 
and your staff do on behalf of the City of Los Angeles - immensely. 

Im a bit frustrated that I sent this letter to Juliet Segee and William Cadena on August 29th, 2013 -- 
and I have not received an email response or a phone call regarding an issue located at 957 N 
Sycamore Ave/7060 W Romaine St. Hopefully you are aware of it and I don't need to go into detail. 

In regards to this particular issue I'd like to ask if in fact UCLA too has been cited for their continual 
participation in the activity at the 957 N Sycamore Ave/7060 W Romaine St. location. They (UCLA) 
as you can see in the attached photo ~ block the street, the sidewalk, place tables, chairs etc in the 
street and on the sidewalk. If they have not been cited as a separate party to the situation at 957 N 
Sycamore Ave/7060 W Romaine St. I'd ask that they too be cited. I'd like to believe that you agree 
that they should be held to the same legal standing as any other entity..and that their operation, while 
no doubt well intentioned -- too has a collateral impact on our area and it's streets and sidewalks.... 

Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.. Below is the letter I wrote to Lt. Segee and 
Inspector Cadena... 

Sent August 29th, 2013 

Dear Lt. Segee and Inspector Cardena - 

; 

First off, on behalf of our neighborhood near the free meal line and the recent citation @ 957 N 
Sycamore Ave/7060 W Romaine St.. I'd like to thank you for acting on this situation that has existed at 
this location for over 20 years. I am the founder and coordinator of one of the city's largest 
neighborhood watch programs -- Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch (www.melroseaction.com). 

We have a collective membership of 2500 area neighbors --just west of the food line's location. 

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I and other members of our organization have been an active participant in negotiations with the 
operators of this privately funded operation for the last 5 years. Countless hours from leaders of the 
Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood and Wilshire Division, the City Council 4th and 
5th District's Deputies and staff, PATH, the Media District Building Improvement District, the 
Hollywood Building Improvement District, local merchants, property owners, residents, and 
neighborhood council members have all been at the table with leaders of the Greater West 
Hollywood Food Coalition regarding their street operations. We've all put forth (collectively 
)hundreds of man hours to help this organization move into a legitimate facility and off of the streets 
and sidewalks of this location - but to no avail. They have repeatedly been offered to be relocated - 
donors have offered them shelter locations, equipment and so on. Deadlines agreed to by all parties 
involved have not been met by the GWHFC. I sincerely feel that our city officials and the community 
at large has literally exhausted any attempt in earnest to help remedy this situation. 

I speak on behalf of countless community members surrounding this on-street operation in saying 
that its time they move off the street and abide by the rules of enforcement just like the rest of us. 

In closing, the best remedy we believe for the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition is to actively 
solicit its broad base of donors in solving their location and operational issues. I and others are 
satisfied that we ourselves have made an exhaustive, concerted effort to help the GWHFC achieve a 
solution that is of benefit to all parties involved. 

Thank you again for your efforts. Please find a link of video that clearly shows the operation 
obstructing sidewalks, operating in the street, servicing persons in the street, and tables on the 
sidewalks and in fact in the streets. This video file is high resolution and will take a few moments to 
download in order to play. It is best viewed on a broadband-connected PC. The Link is 
here... http://melroseaction.com/FoodLineFootageslomo.mov Also, I've attached some screen shots 
from this video for your review. 

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If I can provide any further assistance, please contact me. 

Sincerely, 

Peter Nichols 


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323-208-2131 | peter@melroseaction.com 

http://wvw.melroseaction.com 

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Los Angeles, Ca 90015 

Phone:(213) 847-6000 Fax:(213) 847-6269 

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Investigation and Enforcement Division 

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Los Angeles, Ca 90015 

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John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 


Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition 

John Darnell <john.damell@lacity.org> Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 1:53 PM 

To: Capri Maddox <capri.maddox@lacity.org> 

Hi Capri, 

I hope you are adjusting well to your new role. Congratulations again! I wanted to get in touch with you about 
the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition, and chat with you on the phone except I didn't know what phone 
number you use now. Hope all is well. 

Thanks, 


John Darnell 

Senior Field Deputy & Social Service Advocate 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz 

822 S. Robertson Boulevard, Ste. 102 

Los Angeles, CA 90035 

(310) 289-0353 

(310) 289-0365 fax 

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GWHFC Update 

Peter Nichols <peter@melroseaction.com> Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 11:45 PM 

To: Diane Demetras <diane.demetras@gmail.com>, alexander polinsky <alexniver@mac.com>, Dr Love 
<dr.love_dd@yahoo.com>, Val Wolf <val.wolf1@gmail.com>, Maggie Robinson <myrobins@gmail.com>, 
"dearroxanne@mac.com DearRoxanne" <dearroxanne@mac.com>, shathaway@5plusdesign.com, Ryan Golden 
Apple <ryan@goldenapplecomics.com>, n_c_9@yahoo.com, rhoward@occidentalentertainment.org, 
darian@occidentalentertainment.org, albert@albertsweetent.com, Mike.Malick@marcusmillichap.com, 
jirigoyen@universalpro.com, gail@occidentalentertainment.org, Marcus@occidentalentertainment.org, 
rosemann@recordplant.com, jasoncarson@recordplant.com, JEFF@recordplant.com, Bill@chainsawedit.com, 
john@buddahjonestrailers.com, tony@sirenstudios.com, garson@yucco.com, carol@yucco.com, 
mario.lejtman@chromehearts.com, Cassandra@occidentalentertainment.org, Anita@occidentalentertainment.org, 
mkeenan@fkinls.com, Anna Navarrete <anna@mansourmodem.com>, Clare Bronowski 

<cbronowski@glaserweil.com>, "bensoleimani@yahoo.com Soleimani" <bensoleimani@yahoo.com>, Susan Levi 
<susanlevi@labids.org>, "kerry@hollywoodbid.org" <kerry@hollywoodbid.org> 



Hello Everyone... 

A quick update.... Wednesday at the comer of Sycamore and Romaine - Los Angeles City Council member Tom 
LaBonge said (regarding the continued operation of the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition) that he'd work at 
resolving this situation with "all parties" involved. 

While encouraging, many of us have been part of that "party" for over 5 years now. I'd like to ask that all of us - with one 
unified voice - call upon Mr. LaBonge and his staff and the city to better focus their intentions, noton our backs, but on 
the backs of the numerous "vocal" supporters and "donors" of the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition and solve this 
issue. Our cities resources have been managing the collateral damage for over 20 years... Ifs time they stop and seek 
remedy from those who truly support the feeding program. 

Some of us have been (at some point) involved in the mediation process over the years dating back to former Council 
member Jack Weiss' office, next with Council member Paul Koretz' office, professional mediators from Pepperdine 
University and the U.S. Attorney's office, PATH, the Media District BID, Kerry Morrison of the Hollywood District BID, the 
LAPD Hollywood and Wllshire Divisions, Neighborhood Councils, Merchants, and neighbors. 

Please take a moment to write to Council member LaBonge and staff to ask him to implore the GWHFC's supporters and 
donors to come together and move this operation off a street corner and into a permanent facility, once and for all. 

(tom.labonge@lacity.org, carolyn.ramsay@lacity.org, sharon. sha piro@lacity .org, scott. levin@lacity.org,tracy.james@ 
lacity.org) 

If you did not see this.. Please view below.. .Our organization was the precipitator of this attention today. 

Here's the link: http://youtu.be/xTVLnnlsb58 

Footnote. Please try not to hit "reply all" to this email unless it's important, pertinent information that needs to be shared to 
all involved. 

Our neighborhood thanks all of you... 


melroseaction 

Peter Nichols | Founder | Coordinator 

323-208-2131 | peter@melroseaction.corri 

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NBC4 story about medical and food services for 
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On their 6 p.m. news program yesterday, September 4th, KNBC ran a story about 
a mobile medical clinic service offered by volunteer medical students from UCLA that 
sets up along side the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition service near Sycamore 
Ave. and Romaine St., right on the northern edge of Melrose Village. 


Residents have been complaining about this for a long time, saying that it increases the 
number of transients in our area. Businesses also have a problem with these programs, 
including that the large crowd that gathers for the free services has grown too large to 
be safe. And many feel that a better location with better facilities needs to be found for 
these programs. 

Kathy Vara reported from the location for NBC4 News. Watch the story here (preceded 
by a brief commercial). 


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9/1/2015 City of Los Angeles Mail - Fwd: ATTN Sharon: Attached: LA Superior Court document recognizing Ted Landreth as the 'HEAD' of the GWHFC not the sec. .. 


: LA John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 


Fwd: ATTN Sharon: Attached: LA Superior Court document recognizing Ted 
Landreth as the 'HEAD' of the GWHFC not the secretary / GWHFC non tax form 

Peter Nichols <peter@melroseaction.com> Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 11:30 AM 

To: John Darnell <john. damell@lacity.org> 

FYI 

Peter Nichols 
Founder 

Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch 

peter@melroseaction.com 

(323) 208-2131 

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Begin forwarded message: 


From: Sharon Shapiro <sharon.shapiro@lacity.org> 

Date: September 6, 2013 at 11:22:31 AM PDT 

To: Anthony Spampanato <spampanato.a@gmail.com> 

Cc: Tom LaBonge <tom.labonge@lacity.org>, Carolyn Ramsay <carolyn.ramsay@lacity.org>, 
Scott Levin <scott.levin@lacity.org>, Tracy James <tracy.james@lacity.org>, 
"peter@melroseaction.com" <peter@melroseaction.com>, Val Wolf <val.wolf1@gmail.com>, 
Sarah Black <sarahryanblack@hotmail.com>, sherry bonanno <sabonanno@gmail.com> 

Subject: Re: ATTN Sharon: Attached: LA Superior Court document recognizing Ted 
Landreth as the 'HEAD' of the GWHFC not the secretary / GWHFC non tax form 


Anthony, 

That is not correct. In my conversation, I expressed surprise that there was a board, as many 
times, it was the impression as you imply that Ted is the sole decision maker. My meeting was 
with two representatives of the coalition, and based on letterhead, noted that there is a board with 
different people in charge of different tasks. 


On Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 10:51 AM, Anthony Spampanato <spampanato.a@gmail.com> wrote: 
"Dear Sharon - 


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9/1/2015 City of Los Angeles Mail - Fwd: ATTN Sharon: Attached: LA Superior Court document recognizing Ted Landreth as the 'HEAD' of the GWH FC not the sec. . . 

I understand (through a conversation I had with Dr. Love today) that you specifically told her you 
met with the "heads" of the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition. If I understood Dr. Love 
correctly, you said that the two "principals" representing the GWHFC succinctly specified Ted 
Landreaths role as that of "Secretary" yet here in the attached document from a recent lawsuit 
brought against the GWHFC he said in a sworn deposition that he is in fact "the head of the 
GWHFC".. 

This inconsistency only further adds to the communities rightful suspicions that in fact there 
really is no clear director of any kind except Mr. Landreath - as all roads operationally lead back 
to Ted. I volunteered/worked for both Mr. Landreath and Penny Landreath - I lived in their home 
for two months - I was associated with the food line for 3 solid years. I never once participated 
in any meeting other than... I never witnessed or had any knowledge of any board of directors, 
senior staff, etc etc etc. Mr. Landreath and only Mr. Landreath was the sole decision maker. 

The sole person that accepted donations. The sole person that instructed all volunteers, 
mediated issues with the community and neighborhood groups. 

I implore you to please, please consider whether in fact you are dealing with a truly viable non- 
profit operation and not the operation of a private party using the guise of a parent non-profit. I 
see the incredible amount of energy and effort your office along with many other city officials are 
expounding on this situation and ask again to consider the legitimacy of this operation and your 
support as such. 

My heartfelt suggestion is that you push his circle of associates and loyal donors to convene an 
emergency meeting of their own accord and they themselves figure out a path (pun intended 
here) to becoming a viable, legitimate concern - for most importantly, and I'm sure you'd agree - 
- the troubled people the food line caters to. 

The GWHFC continues to use via their website a federal non-oprofit tax exempt number 
(95-1716914) that is not theirs nor do they have the right of usage as of August 30, 2013 
and so now this is becoming a matter of taxation both State and Federal. 

I am available to speak to you and or any other city entity at any time. 

Please take a look at the attachment. 

Sincerely, 

Anthony Spampanato 

Spampanato.a@gmail.com 

Direct:323.338.4131 


Sharon Shapiro, Hollywood Area Director 

Councilmember Tom LaBonge, 4th District 

6501 Fountain Ave., Room #87 

Los Angeles, CA 90028 

Office: (323) 957-6334 

BlackBerry: (323) 637-7629 

Sharon.Shapiro@lacity.org 

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Fwd: ATTN Sharon: Attached: LA Superior Court document recognizing Ted 
Landreth as the 'HEAD' of the GWHFC not the secretary / GWHFC non tax form 

Peter Nichols <peter@melroseaction.com> Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 12:00 PM 

To: John Darnell <john.damell@lacity.org> 

More FYI 


Begin forwarded message: 


From: Sharon Shapiro <sharon.shapiro@lacity.org> 

Subject: Re: ATTN Sharon: Attached: LA Superior Court document recognizing Ted Landreth as the 

'HEAD' of the GWHFC not the secretary / GWHFC non tax form 

Date: September 6,2013 11 :38:55 AM PDT 

To: Anthony Spampanato <spampanato.a@gmail.com> 

Cc: "peter@melroseaction.com" <peter@melroseaction.com>, Val Wolf <val.wolf1 @gmail.com> 
Anthony, 

Your hostility is not appreciated as our office is working on this issue diligently. 


On Fri, Sep 6, 201 3 at 1 1 :36 AM, Anthony Spampanato <spampanato.a@gmail.com> wrote: 

That is not correct. He controls all finances, all decisions and legally declared himself as 'Head' in a 
legal deposition. Please take time to see the attachment as I have kindly taken the time to attach it. 
There is no Board mentioned in the case file BC458252. Only SSG. 1 stand by what 1 have written and 
will testify onder oath in any court that to the very best of my knowledge all I have written is true (.) and 
again, (.) 

Thank you for wasting at least a minute of my day- 
-Anthony 


On Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 1 1:22 AM, Sharon Shapiro <sharon.shapiro@lacity.org> wrote: 

Anthony, 

That is not correct. In my conversation, I expressed surprise that there was a board, as many times, it 
was the impression as you imply that Ted is the sole decision maker. My meeting was with two 
representatives of the coalition, and based on letterhead, noted that there is a board with different 
people in charge of different tasks. 


On Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 10:51 AM, Anthony Spampanato <spampanato.a@gmail.com> wrote: 

"Dear Sharon - 

I understand (through a conversation I had with Dr. Love today) that you specifically told her you 
met with the "heads" of the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition. If I understood Dr. Love 
correctly, you said that the two "principals" representing the GWHFC succinctly specified Ted 
Landreaths role as that of "Secretary" yet here in the attached document from a recent lawsuit 
brought against the GWHFC he said in a sworn deposition that he is in fact "the head of the 
GWHFC".. 

This inconsistency only further adds to the communities rightful suspicions that in fact there really is 
no clear director of any kind except Mr. Landreath -- as all roads operationally lead back to Ted. I 

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9/1/2015 City of Los Angeles Mail - Fwd: ATTN Sharon: Attached: LA Superior Court document recognizing Ted Landreth as the 'HEAD' of the GWHFC not the sec... 

! volunteered/worked for both Mr. Landreath and Penny Landreath -- 1 lived in their home for two 
months ~ I was associated with the food line for 3 solid years. I never once participated in any 
meeting other than... I never witnessed or had any knowledge of any board of directors, senior staff, 
etc etc etc. Mr. Landreath and only Mr. Landreath was the sole decision maker. The sole person 
that accepted donations. The sole person that instructed all volunteers, mediated issues with the 
community and neighborhood groups. 

I implore you to please, please consider whether in fact you are dealing with a truly viable non- 
profit operation and not the operation of a private party using the guise of a parent non-profit. I see 
the incredible amount of energy and effort your office along with many other city officials are 
expounding on this situation and ask again to consider the legitimacy of this operation and your 
support as such. 

j I 

My heartfelt suggestion is that you push his circle of associates and loyal donors to convene an 
emergency meeting of their own accord and they themselves figure out a path (pun intended here) 
to becoming a viable, legitimate concern -- for most importantly, and I’m sure you'd agree -- the 
troubled people the food line caters to. 

The GWHFC continues to use via their website a federal non-oprofit tax exempt number (95- 
1 716914) that is not theirs nor do they have the right of usage as of August 30, 201 3 and so 
j now this is becoming a matter of taxation both State and Federal. 

I am available to speak to you and or any other city entity at any time. 

Please take a look at the attachment. 

Sincerely, 

I 

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CouncilmemberTom LaBonge, 4th District 

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Los Angeles, CA 90028 

Office: (323) 957-6334 

BlackBerry: (323) 637-7629 

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John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 


Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition 

John Darnell <john.damell@lacity.org> Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 2:44 PM 

To: Leti Garcia <leti.garcia@lacity.org> 

Cc: Peter Nichols <peter@melroseaction.com>, Andre Quintero <andre.quintero@lacity.org> 

Thanks! Is this the address? 200 N. Main Street, 8th Floor, Los Angeles, CA. 90012 


On Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 2:41 PM, Leti Garcia <leti.garcia@lacity.org> wrote: 

Confirming Friday, 9/13 @ 10am. Thank you. 

Leti Garcia 

Assistant to Capri Maddox, Special Assistant City Attorney and 

Alex Ponder, Director, Policy & Intergovernmental Relations 

Office of the City Attorney 

200 N. Main Street, Room 800 

Los Angeles, CA 90012 

(213) 978-8362 


On Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 2:10 PM, John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> wrote: 

| Leti, 

Thank you. Please confirm that Friday at 10 a.m. is okay and Peter and I look forward to the meeting. 

Thanks again, 

John 

On Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 2:07 PM, Peter Nichols <peter@melroseaction.com> wrote: 

Yes :) Sure can. 


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Peter, can you do Friday at 1 0 a.m.? It will be you, me and Capri. 

On Tue, Sep 1 0, 201 3 at 1 :05 PM, Leti Garcia <leti.garcia@lacity.org> wrote: 

Following up to schedule a meeting w/Capri, available dates 9/13 
@ 10am or 9/18 @ 2:30, Per Capri's email, would you please 
provide me w/bullet points on CDs's effort on the WHFC issue 
before the meeting. Thank you very much. Leti 

Leti Garcia 

Assistant to Capri Maddox, Special Assistant City Attorney and 

Alex Ponder, Director, Policy & Intergovernmental Relations 

Office of the City Attorney 

200 N. Main Street, Room 800 

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On Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 1 1:32 AM, John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> wrote: 
| Thanks, Capri, lunderstand. I'll see what we can pull together. 


I On Mon, Sep 9, 201 3 at 7:49 PM, Capri Maddox <capri.maddox@lacity.org> wrote: 

I j My first week back to the office is so backed up. Leti will find us time to meet next week or 
| | we can squeeze in a phone meeting this Friday. You should know that we had an attorney 
j j strategy meeting on this issue today re: enforcement options. Do you want to see if we can 
! j have you meet with Andre sooner -schedule permitting?. I basically need all of CD5's 
| ; efforts on this issue documented in some way - locations offered, meditations, one-on-one 
j | meetings with Ted, LAPD involvement, etc. I just want the City to document the their efforts 
j ■ to help WHFC. This will come in handy when/if enforcement efforts take a more aggressive 
! turn. 

j | Thanks much! 

Capri 

Capri 


On Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM, John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> wrote: 
i Capri, 

I hope you had a nice weekend. I would like to meet with you, but also bring Peter so it's 
just the three of us. I would like to sit down and discuss what the CA's Office can do, but 
also what we can do to help. I know it's not in our district anymore, but it still effects our 
constituents because the GWHFC didn't move... I am available Wed - Fri this week, 
except for 1 1:15 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. on Thursday. Or, we can meet next week, but those are 
openings for this week. 


Take care, 


John Darnell 

Senior Field Deputy & Social Service Advocate 
Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz 
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Los Angeles, CA 90035 
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Capri Maddox, MPA, Esq. 

Special Asst. City Attorney to 

City Attorney Mike Feuer 

Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney 

200 N. Main Street, 8th Floor 

Los Angeles, CA. 90012 

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Illegal food line creates "Watering Hole Effect," neighborhood suffers from 
transient invasion. COMMUNITY ACTION NOW! 

alexander pol insky <alexniver@mac.com> Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 8:04 PM 

To: peter@melroseaction.com, tom.labonge@lacity.org 


Dear neighbors, business owners, policy makers, and city employees, 

My neighborhood is a public toilet thanks to the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition's founders Ted and 
Penny Landreth. 

Their poorly executed humanitarian effort is making my home and neighborhood a disgusting place to live. 

I love my home, don't let one group min it for another 26 years! 

What we have here is a "Watering Hole Effect," in the area surrounding the nightly food giveaway on Romaine 
and Sycamore. 

Hundreds of transients have taken up residence in my neighborhood to be close to the food that Ted Landreth 
and Penny Landreth dole out every day. 

This food line has inflicted real and presentable damage on the people of this community 

The GWHFC refuses to comply with the wishes of the neighborhood an so they must be forced out 

I live one block from "ground zero" making my home a target for transients, drug addicts, meth injectors, heroine 
users, squatters and the criminally insane. 

After years of no compliance, I have lost all patience for the posturing of this group. 

I have been writing letters to the supporters of the food line to tell them our side of the story, and if you think 
your voice doesn't matter THINK AGAIN! 

We are making progress! 

The La Brea Bakery have given the food line 15 years of support and have now suspended donations 
based on community outcry!!!! 


I know we can muster this community, I know we can rally massive support for this. 

Ted Landreth wrote me a letter a few days ago saying he was "going to Washington!" I would like to urge you to 
do something action oriented to help this community now. 

Please stand up for this community and it's children. 

Before Ted and Penny Landreth gang up on us with lawyers and celebrities, let us organize and hit them 
harder 

WHAT CAN I DO? 

WE ARE READY to organize the neighborhood to force the food line supporters to relocate immediately. 

I need 2000plus flyers and ten people for a few afternoons. 

We will canvas the neighborhood and spread the word. 

I need help paying for the materials to educate the neighborhood about this. 

Design assistance, and people to help me canvass the community. 


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I want to hit and highlight these issues about the food line in a flyer to be disseminated to the community: 
HEALTH 

The sanitation issues the line creates are clear and presentable. Feces, urine, vomit, comatose transients block 
the sidewalks and drug paraphernalia litter the street. The health concerns are unmistakeable and obvious. 

SAFETY 

The presence of drugged, drunken, and psychotic people who roam our small neighborhood continuously is a 
direct byproduct of the line's nightly activity .We are afraid to let our kids play outside based the concentration of 
transients and squatters here.they present a clear safety hazard based on their connection with recent 
incidence of murderer, stabbing, and other mayhem. 

RELOCATION 

Highlight the fact that Ted Landreth has refused every offer of relocation and had threatened to sue individual 
homeowners with his big time lawyers. Ted has been asked to relocate over and over again and now the time 
has come to force his relocation by community outreach, community action, and community outcry. 

If you want to write some letters or make some phone calls then please do this.... 

Contact all the supporters of, and donators to the GWHFC and tell them we don't like it!!!!!! 

Write and call any organization or individual that gives its support to the GWHFC and tell them NO MORE!!! 
Write LOUD AND CLEAR messages to the groups that support the GWHFC and tell those groups we are 
organizing 

COMMUNITY ACTION. 

THIS IS NO JOKE. WE MUST BEGIN TO SPEAK OF CLEARLY, 

AND THREATEN COMMUNITY ACTION 

RE: ALL DONORS AND SUPPORTERS OF THE FOOD LINE. 

Here are three ideas for your letter writing and calling: 

Please write to, call and Urge; 

Saint Victors Church in West Hollywood (huge financial support) info@saintvictor.org 

The west Hollywood Center for Early Education (financial support) 323.651. 0707 Main Telephone 323.651.0860 

Main FAX 

Opamp Books (supports financially and sometimes provides their property for feeding) call lyn 

MON-FRI (323) 464-4322 


call every supporter of the GWHFC and tell them "we demand security and sanitary living conditions for us and 
our children!" 


We work hard to afford to live in a safe environment, we can force this group to relocate, we can organize and 
seek judicial intervention if necessary. 

****A huge thank you to Mr. Tom Labonge and the Nightly News for standing up for us by 
saying out loud and on TV that the situation is unsanitary, undignified, and they "NEED A 
BUILDING." - Thank you Tom Labonge!! 

We need volunteers and donations for materials !!!!!! 

If anyone wants to help, please get in touch with me 

It's time we took back our neighborhood 

Please join me in some healthy community action next week! 

Onward, and upwards!, 

Alexander Polinsky 

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John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 


ANNOUNCEMENT GWHFC - status 


David Ambroz <davidambroz@gmail.com> Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 10:04 AM 

To: Ambroz David <daambroz@hotmail.com> 

Good Morning 

I'm sharing the below with you - as its important to the conversation we are poised to have. The tax exempt 
status enjoyed by GWHFC has been, according to the sponsoring organization, revoked as of August 30, 2013. 
That is a significant step taken by the sponsoring organization. It is according to the below, the result of issues 
we have raised, and the good faith efforts on many of our parts to find a humane solution. I look forward to our 
upcoming meeting, I'm finalizing details as to the location. 

David Ambroz 
davidambroz@gmail.com 


Dear Donor, 

As of August 30th, 2013, Special Service for Groups cut off the use of 
their tax deductible status number to Greater West Hollywood Food 
Coalition. Unless GWHFC has obtained another number to operate 
under, any donations made to them after August 30th 2013 will not be 
tax deductible. Please see below response and attachment from Dr. 

Hatanaka, Special Services For Groups. 

Due to the massive concerns from residents, neighbors, businesses 
regarding the foodline, not the least of which is that people are 
consuming meals whilst sitting on the curb of a filthy street, when 
GWHFC has had several viable opportunities to move to a proper 
indoor facility with restrooms and hot running water which Ted Landreth 
has repeatedly rejected out of hand, which is NOT in the best interest of 
the people he feeds, as they have NO access to proper facilities where 
they may wash their hands and use the restroom. When interviewed, 
several members of the foodline stated that they would prefer to have a 
proper facility in which to consume their meal. 

SSG severed alliances with GWHFC as of August 30, 2013, and, as of 
today 9/12/13 GWHFC website still states the following: Alt donations 
are tax deductible by virtue of our being a program of Special 
Service for Groups , a tax exempt (501 (c)3) fiscal agency founded in 
1952 to help administer grass-roots organizations like ours. 

Their Federal Tax ID Number is 95-1716914 

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Dr. Love 


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— Forwarded message — 

From: hhata@ssgmain.org 
To: dr.love_dd@yahoo.com 
Cc: concernedwehocitizen@gmail.com 
Sent: Thu, Sep 12, 2013 10:50 AM PDT 
Subject: FW: GWHFC - status 

Dr. Love, 

I'm attaching our official notice that was distributed to everyone. The 
statement provides the date of our separation (Friday, August 30) and does 
not in any way imply a "temporary" suspension (your words). This 
separation means that as of Friday, August 30 we will no longer accept any 
donations on behalf of the GWHFC. From Friday August 30 any donors who 
wish to donate to the GWHFC will have to do so independent of SSG. There 
are of course assets and resources that have accrued to GWHFC prior to 
August 30 and we are now in the process of transferring them over to them. 


From: Herbert Hatanaka [mailto:hhata@ssgmain.org] 
Sent: Thursday, August 29, 2013 5:39 PM 
To: 'Concerned Citizen' 

Subject: GWHFC - status 

Hello - Attached is SSG's statement regarding GWHFC. 
Herbert K. Hatanaka, DSW 
Executive Director 
Special Service for Groups 


#5 GWHFC - Separation.pdf 

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Re: Hollywood Mobile Food Bank 

Jessica Chavez <jessicalynnchavez@gmail.com> Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 12:04 PM 

To: John Darnell <john.damell@lacity.org> 

I will do! 

Thank you again. Have a wonderful weekend. 

Best regards, 

Jessica 

Sent from my iPhone 

On Sep 13, 2013, at 11:52 AM, John Darnell <john. damell@lacity.org> wrote: 


Ms. Chavez: 

Yes, the preferential parking district (PPD 40), is only south of Willoughby Avenue. PPDs are only 
for residents so that they can be protected by to much business activity. We don't want the 
businesses being able to park on your block for long lengths of time. If you would like to get 
involved, please contact Peter Nichols at peter@melroseaction.com. He is the founder of the 
Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch, which is the neighborhood watch for the Melrose area. 

Thank you, 


Johh Darnell 

Senior Field Deputy & Social Service Advocate 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz 

822 S. Robertson Boulevard, Ste. 102 

Los Angeles, CA 90035 

(310) 289-0353 

(310) 289-0365 fax 

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On Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM, Jessica Chavez <jessicalynnchavez@gmail.com> wrote: 

Dear Mr. Darnell, 

Your thorough and detailed response is MORE than appreciated! It sounds as though everyone 
on board has been doing everything that can to work on a cessation of GWHFC in this area. My 
hats off to all the work you have done. I read quite clearly the strategic avenue that seems to be 
needed. I will look into that further as a resident and see what transparent measures I can 
contribute. Just yesterday a car in front of my home was broken into. Just another example of 
vandalism that's been occurring as of late. 

I don't want to come across as unsympathetic to the program. I think their program is helpful but 
the larger picture remains about the mental health of their clientele mixing with the children in our 
neighborhood. There are many families with youngsters and the indoor play space ROMP very 

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close by. I take my son for a walk every morning in the early/commuter hours and have been 
witness to men exposing themselves and "going to the bathroom" in plain sight. I'm sure you are 
well aware of the contingency of problems that come with the GWHFC program, the unforeseen 
issues as a result of trying to feed the homeless and "giving back" to our community at large, 
irn certain my story doesn't come as a surprise. 

I do, also, appreciate your mention of the red school bus on Romaine. I'm very familiar with it, 
as I see it every day along with the multitude of the other RVs parked on these streets. There is 
no permit parking north of Willoughby as there is south of Willoughby on the bisecting residential 
streets. I assume it has to do with this area being a commercial zone and not residential. 

I am hopeful that all your efforts and new developments are not in vain and something positive 
will unfold that will be mutually beneficial for all involved. Thank you, personally, for all that you 
have done and continue to do to work on this issue. If there is anything I can do for you (off the 
f record, etc) please let me know. I'm a grass roots kind of gal and am happy to be a positive part 
of this potential change. 

Sincere thanks and appreciation, 

Jessica 

(323M28-1546 


On Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 9:07 PM, John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> wrote: 

Dear Ms. Chavez: 

Thank you for your email. Our office has spent hundreds of hours working on this with 
Councilmember's LaBonge's office, Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch, Hollywood Media 
District Business Improvement District, and the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition 
(GWHFC). For two years, a professor from Pepperdine University, who is a professional 
mediator, gave his time to try and work on solutions. We met once a month for two years. 
Unfortunately, the GWHFC was not a reasonable partner in that effort so many of the 
stakeholders involved in those meetings ceased talks. The formal mediation that was 
established ended in mid-2011. Then, someone tried suing the GWHFC, but the plaintiff 
stopped their case at the end of 201 1 . Soon after, someone approached our office to try and 
start a non-profit for the GWHFC. Those folks who approached our office know the operators 
of the GWHFC, but they still refused the help. That effort failed towards the end of last year. 
The idea behind starting a non-profit would have been to help move the program, and involve 
other people that might be more open to changes for the program. 

Our office was more than willing to help move the GWHFC to a bigger and better location, so 
they could better serve the homeless clients they try to help. However, the GWHFC has 
been unwilling to move to a new location, as every time they are offered something they 
refuse. Recently, there has been a breakthrough. Because of the community's efforts, the 
organization that ran the financial arm of the GWHFC, "Special Project for Groups", has 
pulled their support. The community has been very active in making sure the people and 
organizations that donate to the GWHFC, and the folks who provide support, know how the 
program is operating. Many in the community have written letters, and they demonstrated 
this to our office what they have been doing. We endorse and support those 
efforts. Transparency is key in situations like this, especially when after a couple years of 
professional mediation, nothing much had changed. 

Again, thank you for reaching out. The GWHFC falls under UVPD Hollywood Division, and 
they have worked diligently to monitor the lines when the homeless clients are served food. 
Parking enforcement also visits the area late at night to enforce the campers that often park 
on Romaine Street. For example, the big red bus you might see has a legal handicap placard 
and does park on Romaine Street sometimes. We are watching the situation and we do 
appreciate the community's ongoing efforts to be our eyes on the ground. We hope this helps 
you understand what we have been doing as your Council Office, and that we share your 
concerns. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you might have. 


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Kind regards, 


John Darnell 

Senior Field Deputy & Social Service Advocate 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz 

822 S. Robertson Boulevard, Ste. 102 

Los Angeles, CA 90035 

(310) 289-0353 

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On Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 2:33 PM, Sharon Shapiro <sharon.shapiro@lacity.org> wrote: 

Hi Jessica, 

I believe that as you live in CD 5 that area from LAPD that services your neighborhood is 
Wilshire Division. 

I 

John, would you mind please working with the SLO for the Wilshire area and requesting 
increased patrol for your area? I have requested increased patrol for the area in our district 
by Hollywood Division. 

Thanks 

On Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 1:47 PM, Jessica Chavez <jessicalynnchavez@gmail.com> 
wrote: 

| Thank you, Sharon, for your response and redirection of my inquiry to the appropriate 
persons. I'm happy to hear of the developments you have already put forth. I have been 
in this neighborhood for quite a while, so I'm not surprised to hear the food bank has been 
in existence for 20 years. Time does move quickly, but it's recently where it's becoming a 
problem for us residents. 

I 

I'm not merely contacting you to complain, that's not my intent. Is there is anything I can 
do as a resident? Can we get more police surveillance? 

I look forward to hearing from Tracy. 

Best regards, 

Jessica 


On Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM, Sharon Shapiro <sharon.shapiro@lacity.org> wrote: 

Good afternoon Jessica, 

Thank you for your email. I believe that you live in Councilman Paul Koretz's district, I 
have cc'd my counterpart in his office, John Darnell in this email. Our office since 
receiving the neighborhood where the current operations are, as part of last year's 
redistricting has worked diligently to improve the quality of life for all involve. 

We successfully had the previously existing needle exchange, which was in operation 

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for over ten years, moved out of the neighborhood in October. Our office also 
i previously identified several locations for the relocation of the feeding program, which 
were rejected by the leader of the organization. Our office is still very much committed 
to relocating the feeding program, off the street, and out of the neighborhood adjacent 
to you. 

My colleague, Tracy James (cc'd here) and I are both very much working on this issue. 
In fact, just as recently as today, we toured several new possible locations with other 
key leadership representatives from the feeding program, and I think we may have a 
few good leads. 

I want to point out that this is unfortunately not an overnight issue to be solved, as this 
program has been in operation at the current location for nearly 20 years. 


Thank you, 

On Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 10:32 AM, Jessica Chavez 
<jessicalynnchavez@gmail.com> wrote: 
j Dear Ms. Shapiro, 

i I contacted you last week regarding the mobile food bank in Hollywood on Romaine 
| St. and Sycamore across from Target and directly across Cemex Inc. 

As I mentioned, I met with Councilman LaBonge and Alice Roth on Tuesday 
I 9/3/2013 for a private tour of Los Angeles and we got into talking about my concerns 
I about this food bank. They recommended I get in contact with you to find out more 
I information. 

| My concerns are that this is very close to my neighborhood and the homeless are 
| now finding their sleeping quarters on our street. Some even come on to my property 
I to go through my recycling bins. I have a young child (there are many children in this 
| area as well as the indoor playground ROMP down the street). There are lots of 
i children in the area. 

i | 

Is there anything that can be done to move this food bank? Can we get more police 
i presence in this specific area to keep the homeless from camping out in this area? I 
J know this food bank has been operating for many many years in the area but recently 
j it has gotten worse with safety. My neighbors and I have even heard gun shots. 

Let me know if there is anything I can do to help turn this issue around. I look forward 
to your response. 

Best regards, 


Jessica Chavez 
81 1 N. Citrus Ave. 

Los Angeles, CA 90038 


Sharon Shapiro, Hollywood Area Director 

Councilmember Tom LaBonge, 4th District 

6501 Fountain Ave., Room #87 

Los Angeles, CA 90028 

Office: (323) 957-6334 

BlackBerry: (323) 637-7629 

Sharon.Shapiro@lacity.org 

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Sharon Shapiro, Hollywood Area Director 

CouncilmemberTom LaBonge, 4th District 

6501 Fountain Ave., Room #87 

Los Angeles, CA 90028 

Office: (323) 957-6334 

BlackBerry: (323) 637-7629 

Sharon.Shapiro@lacity.org 

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John Darnell 

Senior Field Deputy & Social Service Advocate 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz 

822 S. Robertson Boulevard, Ste. 102 

Los Angeles, CA 90035 

(310) 289-0353 

(310) 289-0365 fax 

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John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 


Fwd: Hunger Action LA 

Peter Nichols <peter@melroseaction.com> Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 11:59 AM 

To: John Darnell <john.damell@lacity.org>, "joan.pelico@lacity.org Pelico" <joan.pelico@lacity.org> 

FYL. 

Begin forwarded message: 


From: Val Wolf <val.wolf1@gmail.com> 

Subject: Hunger Action LA 

Date: September 1 3, 201 3 11 :48:48 AM PDT 

To: Alexander Polinsky <alexniver@mac.com>, Peter Nichols <peter@melroseaction.com>, DR LOVE 
<dr.love_dd@yahoo.com>, Diane Demetras <diane.demetras@gmail.com>, Todd Waldman 
<tbwaldman@gmail.com>, Anthony Spampanato <spampanato.a@gmail.com>, Susan Levi 
<susanlevi@labids.org> 


Just found this From '‘Hunger Action Los Angeles’ Facebook page and website: 

Greater West Hollywood Food Line Needs Support! "Pop-up" restaurants and food trucks are trendy ... .but how about an 
older tradition, food lines for homeless people 9 They are under attack, an easy target for neighbors—even when they’re 
located in an industrial zone, as the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition is, which has been serving up to 250 people a 
night for 13 years, every night of the week and holidays. Recently local TV reported on the issue we described last Friday 

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Residents-and-Businesses-in-Hollvwood/222448221 

Act now: Please e mail the following LA City Councilmembers and tell them to allow the Greater West Hollywood Food 
Coalition to continue its program at its current location until they find a new location 

SAMPLE SUPPORT LETTER FOR GREATER WEST HOLLYWOOD FOOD COALITION Councilmember Tom LaBonge 
tom.labonae@lacitv.orq 213 485-3337 Councilmember Paul Koretz paul.koretz@lacitv.org 213 473-7005 
Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org 213 473 7013 

L ‘I am writing to communicate my support for the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition (GWHFC). 1. Please rescind the 
order from the Bureau of Street Services that the Coalition (and UCLA) not have tables or chairs set out , and change it so 
that the GWHFC (and UCLA) be allowed to continue with their regular set up until they find a new location. 2. Please use 
your time and resources to help the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition find a new site to provide service daily, which 
they have been providing at no taxpayer expense. 3. Please gather real data regarding any negative claims that have 
recently been attributed to the people served by the organization. Your support will greatly affect the lives of those 
community members who otherwise cannot advocate for themselves, will reduce the need lor food solicitation and make 
for a more productive community 

Thank you for your support.” 

Frank Tamborello 
Hunger Action Los Angeles 
961 S. Mariposa #205 
Los Angeles CA 90006 

213-388-8228 

fr...@hungeractionla.org 


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John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 


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Peter Nichols <peter@melroseaction.com> Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 9:53 AM 

To: Frank Tamborello <frank@hungeractionla.org> 

Hi Frank -- 

I am sorry for not getting to this sooner. But wanted to respectfully respond to 
you're reply. I'm going to quote you here to keep the dialogue between us 
distinguishable if you don't mind. 

"Hi Peter— thank you for your thoughtful e mail, as opposed to the vitriol spewed at me 
by an unidentified caller who left a phone number to return his call (which number 
turned out to be false.) 

It was interesting to me that some of the people who have issues with the GWHFC have 
taken to abusing those who support the right to share food in a very unhinged manner. 

I am aware that there are issues with some folks in the GWHFC line. I know several folks 
who eat there (though most that I know who once ate there have moved out of 
Hollywood altogether, having acquired either job, housing or other living situation 
change.) There are issues in nearly every food line I've been around. This is going to 
happen when there is a population with high amounts of desperation and untreated 
(and often undiagnosed) mental illness. These issues can be mitigated by people 
working together as you say, and I agree the line should move to an indoor location." 

Agreed. This point "some of the people who have issues with the GWHFC have taken 
to abusing those who support the right to share food in a very unhinged manner." is an 
unfortunate result of some of the communities stakeholders patience run dry. We 
both know that there are in fact persons on both sides of this issue that are very 
capable of acting in an "unhinged manner" I'll leave that comment as a draw. I've 
witnessed some of it first hand. 


But the main point of the GWHFC issue is that to my understanding, they have 
agreed to move and are in the process of doing so once they find a place: and 
that the requests we made to council are reasonable, within the law, and 
designed to keep the program functioning at some basic level until they 
move, sooner than later. That's it. No one said the program should not move 
(in fact our request makes the assumption that they will). 


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Agreed. You may not fully grasped that assertions have been made by the 
GWHFC time and time again about engaging in a move and nothing, nothing 
happened. The community graciously has in fact exhausted every remedy our 
humility and patience would allow to help this organization re-situate itself in an 
environment that would more than likely be better than that of a street corner. I 
think it's reasonable to ask you to understand that several series of agreements, 
proposals, mediations, offers of assistance etc have all come and gone -- 
spanning over a period of five years . Frank - what more could the community, 
the city, local law enforcement, landlords, merchants and others possibly and 
collectively do? What? I'm hoping you and I would agree that most social service 
organizations would give their left arm and leg for a real facility with offered 
funding, supplies, equipment and more only for all of that, all of that be turned 
down - repeatedly. Insert bewilderment here. :) 

All of us are at a loss as to how anyone, anyone could not appreciate the goodwill 
that has already been exhausted by such a large diverse group that came 
together and got intrenched into issues created by one private party — and it be 
continually be torn down to a place of stereotyping and nimby-ism. Frank -- 
collectively hundreds of man hours have already been donated by the community 
at large to help this group help itself into a better existence. 

Like all efforts - at some point those who put their time in earnest and see nothing 
come of it lose any and all hope and patience that a real genuine resolution is at 
all possible with the parties involved in the GWHFC. As a result it can only be 
sent to a place of no more negotiating and unfortunately fester into a hard line 
stance. That stance (simply put )is 100% the result of broken promises. 


"Please re-read the requests we made in the letter to Council members:" 

1. Please rescind the order from the Bureau of Street Services that the 
Coalition (and UCLA) not have tables or chairs set out , and change it so that 
the GWHFC (and UCLA) be allowed to continue with their regular set up until 
they find a new location. 

As you can see, we included "until they find a new location", which is what we 
have been told by them that they're doing. We did not say " Please keep the 
GWHFC line exactly where it is, forever, regardless of what the neighbors 
say", nor did we say "Please ignore the complaints that neighbors have 
regardless of how legitimate." What we asked is that they be allowed to put 
out tables and chairs until they have found a new location. Which hopefully is 
soon. Have they told you explicitly they are not looking for a new location? 

That would contradict what we've been told. 

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I've read this. And the city has over the course of many years turned sort of a 
blind eye to this one group's continued violation of the City of Los Angeles's 
ordinances prohibiting such actions. To allow some sort of "special reprieve" to 
this group versus all others would as you must agree set a precedent that should 
allow all of us the same remedies when any one of us could be ourselves in 
violation of city codes, ordinances, etc. You seem to imply that this action was 
sudden and subjective to only this group for some reason. I'm told that Dr. 
Hartanaka, the Executive Director of Special Services Group - said to a neighbor 
that he personally met with that "he couldn't understand why the city itself hadn't 
shut down this operation, because others under his groups umbrella had in fact 
had", end quote. I think his own comment speaks to your request here. I'm 
certain you and I could easily find other social service organizations that would 
protest any reprieve that they themselves weren't granted any "amnesty" so why 
should this group? Simply put, that's not fair and reasonable. Period. 


2. Please use your time and resources to help the Greater West Hollywood 
Food Coalition find a new site to provide service daily, which they have been 
providing at no taxpayer expense. 

You would certainly agree with this request right? This is what you're asking to do, as well, no? 


I was reasonably clear in my position in my previous letter. This group (GWHFC) 
has a very public list of impressive donors and supporters - it's time they 
collectively get it together and work these issues out for the better of all involved. 
Most organizations out there should be so fortunate to have such resources 
behind them. They should utilize those connections to reach a collective 
resolution. 


3. Please gather real data regarding any negative claims that have recently been attributed 
to the people served by the organization. 

And in that request, we are putting out that we just want proof of what's 
going on. Yes, some bad things go on around the neighborhood, but in a case 
like this, it's easy for people to start piling on accusations that are not true in 
addition to the ones that are true. It does make a difference. 


Frank, in case you haven't been listening to the news of late, some of the most 


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heinous unprovoked crimes that occurred in the City of Los Angeles in the last 4 
months have been suspected of being (by the press and law enforcement) 
members of a segment of the transient population. Fear is a natural reaction we 
all tend to feel when we hear things like an innocent girl out at night with friends 
on Hollywood Blvd and Highland Avenue is viciously stabbed to death by a 
suspect that the media pegged as being a volunteer member of the GWHFC at 
Sycamore and Romaine. It would be irresponsible at best if the community itself 
did not attempt to reconcile the continued operation of the food line versus its 
possible relation to a criminal element that may be, may be a real perceived 
danger. You may not have heard about the incident 3 days after the Hollywood 
murder that occurred on Melrose Avenue near Laurel Avenue where a victim (a 
tourist visiting Los Angeles) was standing on a sidewalk making a cell phone call 
when a suspected transient on a bicycle is being accused of using a blade or 
knive to slash the victim's throat and nearly severing his fingers -- just while riding 
by on his bicycle. How bout a week after that incident where a known area 
transient came onto the property of Starbucks located at Curson Avenue and 
Melrose Avenue who tore off all his clothes, screamed at the customers inside 
that he was going to kill everyone inside including himself only to be later arrested 
by L.A.P.D.... This is just to name a few... This is reality not fantasy. 

I will say this to be clear - a growing portion of the community surrounding the 
GWHFC feels - without reservation that the operation itself cannot adequately 
offer the assistance many in line for help really need. Sustenance is not enough 
Frank. I suspect many in that line need more than a meal, I think you'd agree 
here. You better than many of us would know what else is needed. By its sheer 
size this operation is now a fully fledged public safety issue. There's no turning 
that point around. Honestly I think it's the organization itself that has failed itself, 
and the community, for underestimating and under reacting to the obvious. That's 
not the communities fault. In my line of work -- 1, as a manager, am always held 
accountable for the result or direction of an operation under my guidance, not 
those who serve under me or in fact those i serve 


So out of the three requests we put in the sample council letter, 

• the first one acknowledges by default that the program will move, something you 
say the program should do: 

• the second one is one you agree with, finding a new place: 

• and the third one just says "show some proof." 


The community has already been in this position before. It didn't work time and 
time again. The support and patience to try this yet again is just not there, I'm 
sorry to say. I wish this had been resolved long ago. It's gone too far now. 20 
years and counting is approaching a quarter century. Here's a legitimate 


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question. Do you know if this organization has a board of directors that 
meets monthly? Does it possess a management support team of people that as 
of now is even capable in earnest of moving this operation into a housed 
location? Our overall contact to date has always been through only one individual 
who spoke at every meeting we ever had together - Mr. Landreath. I'd also point 
out that the GWHFC operated under the umbrella of Special Services for Groups 
(SSG) for a number of years, an organization rich in a history of social service 
operational experience and a tremendous resource to that maybe could have 
been better utilized to navigate it through the operational challenges faced not 
only by the GWHFC but as you said social service groups in general. 


I have some questions for you that might shed more light on the issue: 

You state The GWHFC has failed to accept "turn key" operations that have been offered 
and more. 

What was their reason for not accepting these solutions? 

What has been their response when people ask them to move for five years 


Their response I witnessed seemed to always be met with reluctance if even to 
just take these offers into consideration. These proposals were ultimately judged 
"inadequate" for one reason or another. We allowed the GWHFC to set its own 
timelines, goals, contracts etc. None of them regarding relocation were met. 

None. Follow up with CD5 and CD4 on what the reasons precisely were. There 
were so many I can't recount them all. Am sorry. I do know that in earnest the city 
offered the GWHFC guidance and support to help it form its own non-profit in 
hopes that that too would yield a better future for it's mission to serve. That offer 
too was denied. ??!! 


Yes, I should have been more careful in wording the initial part of the post, but the fact 
is that programs that feed homeless people are under attack all over the United States 
and have been made illegal in several cities. If in a society like ours one has to face the 
possibility of homelessness due to whatever reason, why should you have the human 
right to rest and eat taken away from you? Homeless people don't have a lot of options 
If we want to just shut down gathering places for people who commit criminal activity, 
then maybe we should shut down some of the fancy restaurants where the 
stockbrokers and others who put our economy in the tank did their wheeling and 
dealing. 


Agreed. Let me be perfectly clear I don't condone criminal activity on any level of 
society. But Frank - we both know society as a whole is not perfect. There are 


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nuisance and complaint issues leveled everyday at other levels of society. Are 
those complaints unjust? Why are they only unjust in this situation? All segments 
of society should be held accountable. You might naturally assume that people 
fighting this situation don't have the same angst against other operations they 
deem a nuisance that have a net negative effect on their quality of life in the 
surrounding community. 

If you do -- you're mistaken. One small example is the hippest of hangouts and 
pricey restaurants along the La Cienega corridor south of West Hollywood who 
are under fire from residents about nuisance issues involving noise, public 
urinating, activities involving sex, burglaries, thefts, parking, etc. There are 
zoning battles happening in nearly every corner (no pun intended) of the city of 
Los Angeles every day that have in fact nothing, nothing to do with the homeless 
or transient population. Maybe you are somehow implying that all those 
complaints and actions leveled towards those proprietors should too go 
unmitigated? That might be considered a contradiction. Should they too be given 
relief from complaints? I would argue that in fact -- certain establishments -- 
within the City of Los Angeles are under much more scrutiny, more often than the 
GWHFC ever has been. In fact, the progressive City of West Hollywood itself 
dealt the GWHFC's existence a decisive decision now almost 25 years ago and 
likely the farthest than most, if not all cities in Los Angeles County have ever 
gone. 


In the case of GWHCF, you have made your point. The bottom line is the neighbors 
don't want it, and so there really doesn't even need to be a reason to explain why you 
don't want the program there. But if they are already planning to move, why do you 
need to pile on? Why not let them function with table and chairs in their final days? 

Frank, I am not "piling on". This is an accumulation of years and years of 
frustration that followed years of good faith offers of help and transparent 
professional negotiating. 


You may also be aware that some of the people who don't want the program there 
haven't portrayed themselves in the best of lights. Because of the way they have come 
off, it is easy to see this as an issue of some people who have a grudge against the food 
line for different reasons having an axe to grind, and are hellbent on destroying the 
food line. This doesn't help your cause. Your e mail however is one of the first well 
expounded versions of this situation I have seen. 


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to grind. I represent the community I live in, not the city of Los Angeles as whole. 
As our own democracy has shown in recent years - there are those among us 
collectively that have the right to their views -- while their methods or tactics are in 
fact questionable - its not up to me to decide what people can and cannot say. I 
can only speak from the perspective of being one of the people that has been 
involved at working towards a solution in this particular matter. That’s matter of 
record and not just talk. 


I am more than happy to help work toward a solution, and my understanding is that the 
GWHFC is going to move, so your larger point is already proven, and accepted by 
me/us. But what is it exactly that you want to happen in the meantime? Why should 
UCLA not be able to put out a 2 tables and some chairs so they can offer medical and 
legal assistance? 


First and foremost I am not a representative of the city of Los Angeles. I am not a 
law enforcement officer. I am not an enforcer of city municipal codes and 
ordinances. I am just a community volunteer advocate and that's all. I too must 
abide by any all laws or suffer the penalties. If I felt otherwise in this case then my 
position as a community advocate would be that of a hypocrite. I'm happy that 
you feel that the GWHFC is going to move. For the betterment of the population 
they strive to serve - it makes sense to all involved that they relocate so that they 
can only further their own mission. It's the right thing to do. 


I very much appreciate that you sent an e mail explaining the issue in a sober tone, and 
let me know how I can help in a constructive way. Let's move this thing on to the next 
step. If finding the new location is the heart of the matter, I'm more than willing to put 
some time in. maybe you can provide me with leads of locations that you think are 
possible? I have a whole slideshow actually of vacant properties in Hollywood but it is 
several years old now...could still serve as a starting point, I guess.. 


Hey look - all I’m saying is that its time for a new set of players to step into this 
situation and offer their peer to peer guidance as best they can - if listened to. The 
majority of the parties involved in this process also have expressed to me the 
same sentiments. If the GWHFC is not itself equipped to make such a move to a 
real location than who better to help them help themselves than great people like 
yourself hopefully others who understand the real challenges of making such a 
move even plausible. 


By the way... 

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due to the current economic situation. 

You are possibly aware that on November 1, there is a cut in food stamps coming, and the 
Republicans are also proposing a $40 billion cut in food stamps that specifically limits single 
adults between 18 and 50 to only 3 months of food stamps every 3 years. You must admit that a 
lot of homeless people exactly fit this demographic (single, between 18-50) and that they will 
be forced to go to programs like GWHFC. That can only make the problem worse. Unless we all 
speak out against cuts to our safety net, we are asking for this particular set of people, including 
some troublesome people you refer to, to rely on private charity for food. If together with this 
food stamp cut , private charity is further restricted, things are going to get a hell of a lot worse. 


Frank -- 1 am too happy we have a dialogue going here. But, while there is no 
doubt the numbers of homeless are growing so is the population of a criminal 
element that is being fed by the federally mandated "early release" programs. As 
a person that deals with crime related issues in and around our area on a daily 
basis - my biggest concern is the potential growth of that dangerous segment - 
and its effects not only on community at large but the potential to harm some 
members of the food line itself. I was kind of taken a back surely disappointed 
that you didn't choose to highlight the negative impact this federal mandate will 
most likely have on social service operations of all kinds -- indicating an even 
bigger threat to an already weakened population - ill equipped to defend itself. Im 
wondering why people in your position aren't on top of mountains shouting about 
this. That point leads us back to the public safety aspect. 

I wish I knew a way out of this quagmire. Maybe the GWHFC itself is in need of 
introspection. Maybe new thinking could be useful in these tough times we live 
in. Maybe new approaches should be made in how to better serve this population. 
Times have in fact changed. I'm a guy that is for change for changes sake when 
it means that things could and should be done better. Maybe it's the spiritual 
universe at work here Frank that is pushing for change to come to Sycamore and 
Romaine and for the GWHFC itself. Maybe the operation at that corner is not 
optimum and maybe more thought could be put on its viability to really facilitating 
change, not just for the communities sake but the very people it serves. 

That's what I'm about. Change is healthy. Growth comes from it, painful yes but 
fearful nonetheless. In the case for the GWHFC - 1 think its time for change. I'd 
ask you to work at galvanizing their peers and have a collective conscience on 
where to go from here to make it better for all involved. That's the path to take. It's 
a road I've already chose to walk down -- but one can only walk so far to where I 
can't walk any further. 

The community is tired. The universe is tired. There is a certain dis-order that 
seems afoot here. There is far too much consternation over this issue for some 
reason and I'm confident it's not coming from only within the community. The 
community is reacting sometimes in an unhealthy way to what so many here feel 


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is an unhealthy situation. 

That's the bigger picture. 


Best Regards 


Peter 


melroseaction 


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Thank you again Peter— Please keep in touch. 

Frank Tamborello 
Hunger Action Los Angeles 
961 S. Mariposa #205 
Los Angeles CA 90006 
213-388-8228 

frank@hunaeractionla.org 

From: Peter Nichols f mailto:peter@ melroseaction.coml 
Sent: Friday, September 13, 2013 3:59 PM 
To: frank@hunaeractionla.org 

Subject: Your Concerns Regarding the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition 

TO: 

Mr. Frank Tamborello 
Hunger Action Los Angeles 
961 S. Mariposa #205 
Los Angeles, CA 90006 

It was brought to my attention that you posted the following. ...on yourfacebook page, and I'm assuming 
your Twitter page. 


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they are under attack, an easy target for neighbors — 
even when they’re located in an industrial zone, as 
the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition is, 
which has been serving up to 250 people a night for 
13 years, every night of the week and holidays. 
Recently local TV reported on the issue we described 
last Friday 


I think you have it all wrong. 

1) The "under attack" verbiage correctly identifies how many in the surrounding community feel as a result 
of the collateral impact this curbside feeding program is having. 

2) The food line is located just one block north of a full fledged residential zone. That's in close proximity 
to the food line. 

3) The GWHFC has been located at that corner for approximately 20 YEARS. It was forced out of the City 
of West Hollywood as result of the very same issues alluded to in your very brief and biased posting. 
Residents near its location in West Hollywood didn't stand for it, why should residents near this location 
either? Your comments made about this situation dumbfound me when you aren't even directly 
associated with or impacted directly by this operation -- at all. That might explain your misguided 
conclusions. 

4) Our organization along with representatives of the City of Los Angeles' Council Districts 4, 5, and 13, 
PATH, the Hollywood BID, the Media District BID, the Hollywood and Wilshire Division's of the Los 
Angeles Police Department, professional mediators from Pepperdine University, the U.S. Attorney's Office, 
merchants, neighbors, and representatives of the GWHFC have worked in MEDIATION about this issue 
and have offered up several options and assistance to relocate them into a proper facility to carry out their 
mission. All involved donated our time, our effort, and our good will to help the GWHFC help themselves 
and in turn better serve the persons so badly in need of assistance. Our mediation has gone on for FIVE 
YEARS. The GWHFC has failed to accept "turn key" operations that have been offered and more. All 
involved have essentially exhausted all of our remedies to help resolve this conflict. The community's 
patience, understandably so, has reached a point of no return. 

5) There is no professional out there, and I'm assuming yourself included - that wouldn't admit that a 
segment of the homeless/transient population is in fact dangerous and does in fact at times pose a threat 
to the public at large. While all of us know that is NOT the case of everyone who struggles with issues 
involving homelessness, it’s not the responsibility of the surrounding community to "sort out" who served at 
this curbside food line is a threat to the area and who is not. Currently however that burden is carried on 
the backs of nearby residents and businesses. 

6> The connection of three area murders to transients that were either seen at, or, as it's being reported by 
the press, had connections to the food line -- which in turn would certainly, without a doubt - greatly raise 
the level of concern and fear in the surrounding community. If this was occurring a block or two from your 
home or business I'm assuming that you'd be concerned and it would motivate you to raise that concern to 
whomever would listen. 

7) The NBC4LA TV report you are referred to spoke honestly about the plight of this issue. The reporter 
herself said she polled the line of people being served and they said -- according to her words "they too 
would like the line moved".. That speaks for itself. 


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8) Since this operation occurs only from 6PM - 7:30 PM nightly and offers no concerted professional 
aftercare of any kind -- the community at large is the de facto after care program. You realize this right? 
You understand clearly that they only offer food services nightly but there are no public restrooms 
available to the "250 people" you are quoted saying it serves. Any guess as to where they use the 
restroom? Bathe? Change they're clothing? Yea, that's right -- many times on neighbors property, some 
sleep under neighbors homes or on their rooftops, some break into their cars, some hotwire their 
electricity, their phone service, some use narcotics, some engage in sex, prostitution, and so on - on 
private property. Yes, it's a problem. 

9) You sound like you too quickly assessed this situation, while seemingly to support the notion in that 
"helping those who can't or won't help themselves" somehow trumps any and all collateral impact to the 
community surrounding it. No sir. We all in fact, including you - are in this together . 

10) Just to be clear and not to be misunderstood -- 1 and the countless others mentioned above do in fact 
have a heart and care about the plight of those who struggle with issues. Just so you know, some 
involved in this opposition have been members of this food line itself over the years. Just so you know 
some of us are in active recovery programs ourselves. Just so you know some of us VOLUNTEER and 
DONATE to many reputable non-profits that help an even larger population than that the GWHFC 
struggles to serve. Some of us have offered free time, money, our own goodwill to re-locate this operation 
TO BETTER SERVE the very population you are so concerned with helping. We in fact have willfully 
worked towards an honest and transparent remedy. We in fact may be on the same side when it comes to 
compassion and understanding, but that has to fairly cut both ways. 

11) How bout you too become part of the solution? Why not put your energy and passion into really 
helping this organization get itself situated into a facility where it could potentially offer even greater 
benefit to those it serves and extend its mission to an even larger population? We both know the scope of 
the homeless/transient population in Los Angeles is way larger than 250 people in line at a street corner 
located at Sycamore and Romaine. 

As you can see, there is more to this issue than just you're posting a "call to action". Objective people 
take all views into account when hitting the send or post button. Maybe you could have taken a step back 
before doing so as well. 

We ourselves have looked at both sides. We have worked to help. Its time that the organization itself in 
unison with great people like you - work with its supporters, its donors, professionals, (beyond the 
scope of our own abilities) and really work on facilitating a resolution to this issue . The continued 
operation at Sycamore and Romaine is not the answer. 


Please help ! 


Sincerely, 


Peter Nichols 


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From Frank Tramborello 

Greater West Hollywood Food Line Needs Support! "Pop-up” restaurants and food trucks are trendy, .. .but how about an 
older tradition, food lines for homeless people? They are under attack, an easy target for neighbors — even when they're 
located in an industrial zone, as the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition is, which has been serving up to 250 people a 
night for 13 years, every night of the week and holidays. Recently local TV reported on the issue we described last Friday 

http://www.nbclosanqeles.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/Free-Services-Attract-Too-Larqe-of-a-Crowd-for- 

Residents-and-Businesses-in-Hollvwood/222448221 

Act now: Please e mail the following LA City Councilmembers and tell them to allow the Greater West Hollywood Food 
Coalition to continue its program at its current location until they find a new location 

SAMPLE SUPPORT LETTER FOR GREATER WEST HOLLYWOOD FOOD COALITION Councilmember Tom 
LaBonge tQm.labonqe@lacitv.orq 213 485-3337 Councilmember Paul Koretz Paul ,koretz@ I acitv ,orq 213 473-7005 
Councilmember Mitch O' Farrell councilmember.ofarrell@lacitv.orq 213 473 7013 

“I am writing to communicate my support for the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition (GWHFC). 1. Please rescind the 
order from the Bureau of Street Services that the Coalition (and UCLA) not have tables or chairs set out , and change it so 
that the GWHFC (and UCLA) be allowed to continue with their regular set up until they find a new location. 2. Please use 
your time and resources to help the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition find a new site to provide service daily, which 
they have been providing at no taxpayer expense. 3. Please gather real data regarding any negative claims that have 
recently been attributed to the people served by the organization. Your support will greatly affect the lives of those 
community members who otherwise cannot advocate for themselves, will reduce the need for food solicitation and make 
for a more productive community 

Thank you for your support." 

Frank Tamborello 
Hunger Action Los Angeles 
961 S. Mariposa #205 
Los Angeles CA 90006 
213-388-8228 
fr...@hunqeractionla.orq 


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John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 


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Val Wolf <val.wolf1@gmail.com> Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 12:12 PM 

To: joan.pelico@lacity.org, John Darnell <John.Damell@lacity.org> 

Good Morning Joan and John, 

It was suggested that your office be forwarded a copy of the Motion drafted by Tom La Bonge's office regarding 
the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition. The community members would like to know if there a way to draft a 
motion where the language can be stronger? While this Motion is appreciated, it is feared that if the language is 
too vague, weak, it could very well backfire and further entrench this poorly-run foodline in its current location. 

Just to let you know, the Staff at Tom La Bonge's office have been very proactive and good about keeing in 
touch with the concerned citizens of the surrounding area. 

We just found out this morning that the GWHFC kitchen has, as per the Board of Health, been approved to 
reopen. As you know, on 9/10/13, the kitchen was cited for roaches, and for a missing public health permit 
which expired in 2009, aslong with other violations. 

Although a viable indoor location was found for the foodline, the 'representatives' from the line have once 
again, refused to be proactive about moving, and have not gone out to see the location. 

Needless to say we are devastated and frustrated about the lastest news regarding this foodline. 

Sincerely, 

Valarie Wolf 

Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch 


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GWHFC - Meeting (September 23, 1030AM) 


David Ambroz <davidambroz@gmail.com> Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 9:13 AM 

To: Kerry Morrison <Kerry@hollywoodbid.org> 

Cc: Susan Levi <susanlevi@labids.org>, Steve Whiddon <steven.whiddon@lacity.org>, Sharon Shapiro 
<sharon.shapiro@lacity.org>, John Washington <24902@lapd.lacity.org>, John Darnell <john.damell@lacity.org>, 
David Bass <dbass@basslawla.com>, Peter Nichols <peter@melroseaction.com>, Denise DeCarlo 
<dnsdecarlo@aol . com > , Scott Campbell <AftonNeighbor@aol.com>, Gubler Leron <leron@hollywoodchamber.net> 

While I think this is a really positive development - it doesn't change the facts on the ground. We've gone 
through great lengths to get all the stakeholders to this one date (moving the meeting to meet scheduling needs), 
and I plan to still have the meeting. I'd ask everyone to still come - nothing has changed. 

This will give us a chance to meet, hear about collective efforts - review the progress, hear about the 
implications of this and other things that are in the works. 

David Ambroz 
davidambroz@gmail.com 


On Sep 19, 2013, at 3:32 PM, Kerry Morrison wrote: 

I agree with Susan, and would ask that we defer this meeting. 

We also have a Hollywood 4WRD meeting that day, and will be discussing community support 
for the motion at that time. 

I don't think I can do another meeting on this at this time. 

Kerry 


Kerry Morrison 
Exec. Director 

Hollywood Property Owners Alliance 
1680 Vine Street Suite 414 
Hollywood, CA 90028 


phone: 323-463-6767 
fax: 323-463-4229 
cell: 323-833.1635 


From: Susan Levi [mailto:susanlevi@labids.org] 

Sent: Thursday, September 19, 2013 3:20 PM 
To: David Ambroz 

Cc: Steve Whiddon; Sharon Shapiro; Kerry Morrison; John Washington; John Darnell; David Bass; 

Peter Nichols; Denise DeCarlo; Scott Campbell 

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Subject: Re: GWHFC - Meeting (September 23, 1030AM) 

Good Afternoon, 

Since the motion has been introduced (please see attached) by CD 4, it seems best if we wait to 
meet and watch how this plays out in City Council. This is the most progress we've made to 
date. Your thoughts? 

Best, 

Susan 

On 9/19/13 2:45 PM, "David Am broz" <davidambroz@gmail.com> wrote: 

Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition Stakeholder Meeting Update: 

Date: September 23, 2013 
Time: 1030AM - 1130AM 
Location : 

Location: West Hollywood Gateway Community Room (AKA, Target at Santa Monica & LaBrea). 
Its easily accessible from the parking garage if you take the bevmo elevator. 

IF YOU CANNOT FIND it, just stand at the Starbucks and I will come out every few minutes for 
you! 


David Am broz 
davidambroz@gmail.com 


On Aug 20, 2013, at 6:56 PM, David Ambroz Esq. wrote: 

In order to accommodate everyone, please verify that this time works. Folks have shared some 
commitments they had that would not allow them to attend at 9:00AM, and they were key 
attendees. I'm hoping this works for everyone here - and if not, you might kindly do your best 
to attend. Please let me know. 


David Ambroz 
davidambroz@gmail.com 


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Susan Levi & Associates, Inc. 
13300 Victory Boulevard, #319 
Van Nuys, CA 91401 
818 780-9100 phone 
818 780-9104 fax 
Susan@labids.org 


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Diane Demetras <diane. demetras@gmail.com> Sun, Sep 22, 2013 at 4:03 PM 

To: info@mole.com, info@molerichardson.com 

Cc: susanlevi@labids.org, sharon.shapiro@lacity.org, tom.labonge@lacity.org, DR LOVE 

<dr.love_dd@yahoo.com>, Alexander Polinsky <alexniver@mac.com>, Peter Nichols <peter@melroseaction.com>, 
s c <syl.calu@gmail.com>, john.damell@lacity.org, Leron@hollywoodchamber.net, Kaylee@hollywoodchamber.net, 
angela.motta@lacity.org, mitch.ofarrell@lacity.org, tamar.galatzan@lacity.org, sheryl.fox@lacity.org, 
andre.quintero@lacity.org, angelo.yenko@lacity.org, zev@bos.lacounty.gov, Roxanne DearRoxanne 
<dearroxanne@mac.com>, Todd Waldman <tbwaldman@gmail.com>, billy_eddy@yahoo.com, Eugene Chang 
<echang@broadcom.com>, Val Wolf <val.wolf1@gmail.com>, Maggie Robinson <myrobins@gmail.com>, 
shathaway@5plusdesign.com, Nick C <n_c_9@yahoo.com>, joeybouk@gmail.com, 
mdedecker@gnomonschool.com, Alex Indik <verticalcow@yahoo.com> 

Dear Mike Parker, 

I am a neighbor, property owner, and resident of N. Sycamore Ave. in Los Angeles since 1989. I wanted to let 
you know that our neighborhood has been thrown into chaos due to a concentration of ill transients being held 
hostage on the streets by GWHFC. It has become known that you and your company, Mole Richardson, 
support the GWHFC morally and financially. 

Ill indigents line our sidewalks, alleyways and front lawns. They have no place to defecate, urinate, wash 
hands/clothes, sleep, eat, get out of the sun or rain. Many are sleeping or immobile, some are raving, some are 
degrading our property, others are breaking into our garages and stealing whatever they can get their hands on. 

This am (9/22) we experienced an attempted burglary by a deranged individual. Most are ill and need care. And 
as you know, GWHFC is responsible for one meal, from 6-7:30 pm, seven days a week for these many of these 
individuals, keeping them waiting for food in the gutter, literally, then leaving them in the care of the 
"neighborhood" once they are gone. Yesterday, indigents were exposing themselves to neighbors as they 
urinated, defecated in front of children walking on LaBrea. The day before, in front of restaurants on Melrose. We 
as neighbors, need a solution. 

* The real help these people need cannot be on the backs of neighbors or businesses. 

*lt must be handled by professionals who know the scope of the illnesses and issues that homeless people 
face. 

*lt must be in a facility with bathrooms and running water. 

*lt must be in accordance with heath department safety laws. 

*lt must have support from the neighborhood, community and businesses where it resides. 

*lt must be accountable to police, to the city, to the community. 

*lt must have oversight by more than one individual and have leadership that in good faith looks for real 
solutions. 

I donate regularly to PATH and SOVA, AIDS Project LA. Numerous churches and synagogues have organized, 
community supported, indoor programs with sanitation facilities that deserve and would welcome your support. I 
am not an angry individual or unrealistic about living in an urban environment. This program is not good for 
anyone and we are all humiliated. And, as you may or may not know, the GWHFC leadership refuses to work 
with city officials to remedy this situation. Councilman LaBonge's office is making good faith efforts on the 
behalf of the neighborhood to try to find sustainable solutions for this program, but is being continually thwarted 
by GWHFC. Something that I cannot comprehend. 

The two emails below, are just two samples from business owners on N. Sycamore who have been adversely 
affected by the activities of GWHFC. I have not included the countless emails from the neighbors who have 
been affected for years. I have also attached a picture of neighborhood indignities that occur on a daily basis. 

As your neighbors, we urge you to stop your support of this program. We need your help. 

Thank you, 

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Diane 



Council member Labonge, 

When is our problem going to end? When will my staff and clients stop being harassed by homeless 
drug addicts ? What it going to take for me not to be afraid to go to my car because some is shooting 
up in the lot. Everything that Mr. Howard states in his letter to you is true and 2x late at night as our 
business runs 24/7. 

I just lost Britney Spears due to this problem and many others.. it's gotten so bad that the paparazzi do 
not feel safe.. 

..What is going to take to get you to listen!!! There are so many places you can put this truck.. is 
someone going to have to die before you move them? 

...WE ARE THE FORGOTTEN STREET.. WE DON'T EVEN HAVE STREET CLEANING!!! YET WE PAY 
THE SAME TAXES AS THOSE WHO ENJOY CLEAN SAFE NEIGHBOR HOODS !!!!!!!.. 

We have hired security, a Janitor to clean the streets and Occidental has put up extra lights and 
cameras to help us... Now we need your help.. 

I will be out of business by the end of the year if you don't. 

Rose Mann- Cherney 

Dear Councilmember Labonge: 

As a manager of the Record Plant Recording Studio, located at 1032 N Sycamore Ave, right at 
ground zero for this problem, I would like to second all complaints brought forth by Mr. Howard. 

As I'm sure everyone on this email feels we are in no way are asking anyone to turn their back on the 
homeless. However, the impact that the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition services are having 
on our area has reached a point that is effecting the safety of our clients and employees. The problem 
extends much further than the nightly 6: 1 5pm-7:30pm hours of the GWHFC. Our area has become a 
congregation point both before and after the hours of operation. With this comes drugs, violent 
confrontations, prostitution and litter that not only effect our clients safety but threatens the existence 
of our business. We cater to high profile celebrities and have lost business in the past due to clients 
not feeling safe simply walk from our parking lot on the west side of the street to our front door on 
the east. This area is changing rapidly and the GWHFC services can no longer be tolerated at its 
current location. 

Sincerely, 

Jason Carson 


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John Darnell <john. darnell@lacity.org> 


Fwd: Neighborhood in chaos because of GWHFC 

Diane Demetras <diane. demetras@gmail.com> Sun, Sep 22, 2013 at 4:12 PM 

To: info@saintvictor.org 

Cc: susanlevi@labids.org, sharon.shapiro@lacity.org, tom.labonge@lacity.org, DR LOVE 
<dr.love_dd@yahoo.com>, Alexander Polinsky <alexniver@mac.com>, john.damell@lacity.org, 
Leron@hollywoodchamber.net, Kaylee@hollywoodchamber.net, angela.motta@lacity.org, mitch.ofarrell@lacity.org, 
tamar.galatzan@lacity.org, sheryl.fox@lacity.org, andre.quintero@lacity.org, angelo.yenko@lacity.org, 
zev@bos.lacounty.gov, billy_eddy@yahoo.com, Eugene Chang <echang@broadcom.com>, Val Wolf 
<val.wolf1@gmail.com>, Maggie Robinson <myrobins@gmail.com>, shathaway@5plusdesign.com, 
joeybouk@gmail.com, mdedecker@gnomonschool.com, Alex Indik <verticalcow@yahoo.com>, Roxanne 
DearRoxanne <dearroxanne@mac.com>, Peter Nichols <peter@melroseaction.com>, s c <syl.calu@gmail.com>, 
Nick C <n_c_9@yahoo.com>, Todd Waldman <tbwaldman@gmail.com>, "Howard, Rick" 

<rtiowa rd@occidentalentertainment.com> 

Dear Father Murphy, 

One more bit of information - 

The GWHFC leadership refuses to work with city officials to remedy this situation. 

Did you know that Councilman Labonge's office has made several good faith efforts on the behalf of the 
neighborhood to try to find sustainable solutions for this program, but is being continually thwarted and refused 
by GWHFC? This is something that we cannot comprehend or defend. 


Forwarded message 

From: Diane Demetras <diane. demetras@gmail.com> 
Date: Sun, Sep 22, 2013 at 3:40 PM 
Subject: Fwd: Neighborhood in chaos because of GWHFC 
To: info@saintvictor.org 


Dear Father Murphy, 

I am a neighbor, property owner, and resident of N. Sycamore Ave. in Los Angeles since 1989. I wanted to let 
you know that our neighborhood has been thrown into chaos due to a concentration of ill homeless being held 
hostage on the streets by GWHFC. It has become known that you and your church support the GWHFC morally 
and financially. 

Ill indigents line our sidewalks, alleyways and front lawns. They have no place to defecate, urinate, wash 
hands/clothes, sleep, eat, get out of the sun or rain. Many are sleeping or immobile, some are raving, some are 
degrading our property, others are breaking into our garages and stealing whatever they can get their hands on. 

This am (9/22) we experienced an attempted burglary by a deranged individual. Most are ill and need care. And 
as you know, GWHFC is responsible for one meal, from 6-7:30 pm, seven days a week for these many of these 
individuals, keeping them waiting for food in the gutter, literally, then leaving them in the care of the 
"neighborhood" once they are gone. Yesterday, indigents were exposing themselves to neighbors as they 
urinated, defecated in front of children walking on LaBrea. The day before, in front of restaurants on Melrose. We 
as neighbors, need a solution. 

* The real help these people need cannot be on the backs of neighbors or businesses. 

*lt must be handled by professionals who know the scope of the illnesses and issues that homeless people face 

*lt must be in a facility with bathrooms and running water. 

*lt must be in accordance with heath department safety laws. 

*lt must have support from the neighborhood, community and businesses where it resides. 

*lt must be accountable to police, to the city, to the community. 

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*lt must have oversight by more than one individual and have leadership that in good faith looks for real 
solutions 

I donate regularly to PATH and SOVA, AIDS Project LA. Numerous churches and synagogues have organized, 
community supported, indoor programs with sanitation facilities that deserve and would welcome your support. I 
am not an angry individual or unrealistic about living in an urban environment. This program is not good for 
anyone and we are all humiliated. 

The two emails below, are just two samples from business owners on N. Sycamore who have been adversely 
affected by the activities of GWHFC. I have not included the countless emails from the neighbors who have 
been affected for years. I have also attached a picture of neighborhood indignities that occur on a daily basis. 

We need your help. 

Thank you, 

Diane 



Council member Labonge, 

When is our problem going to end? When will my staff and clients stop being harassed by homeless 
drug addicts ? What it going to take for me not to be afraid to go to my car because some is shooting 
up in the lot. Everything that Mr. Howard states in his letter to you is true and 2x late at night as our 
business runs 24/7. 

I just lost Britney Spears due to this problem and many others. .it's gotten so bad that the paparazzi do 
not feel safe.. 

..What is going to take to get you to listen!!! There are so many places you can put this truck.. is 
someone going to have to die before you move them? 

...WE ARE THE FORGOTTEN STREET. .WE DON'T EVEN HAVE STREET CLEANING!!! YET WE PAY 
THE SAME TAXES AS THOSE WHO ENJOY CLEAN SAFE NEIGHBOR HOODS !!!!!!!.. 

We have hired security, a Janitor to clean the streets and Occidental has put up extra lights and 
cameras to help us. ..Now we need your help.. 

I will be out of business by the end of the year if you don't. 

Rose Mann- Cherney 

Dear Councilmember Labonge. 

As a manager of the Record Plant Recording Studio, located at 1032 N Sycamore Ave, right at 
ground zero for this problem, I would like to second all complaints brought forth by Mr. Howard. 

As I'm sure everyone on this email feels we are in no way are asking anyone to turn their back on the 
homeless. However, the impact that the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition services are having 
on our area has reached a point that is effecting the safety of our clients and employees. The problem 
extends much further than the nightly 6: 15pm-7:30pm hours of the GWHFC. Our area has become a 
congregation point both before and after the hours of operation. With this comes drugs, violent 
confrontations, prostitution and litter that not only effect our clients safety but threatens the existence 
of our business. We cater to high profile celebrities and have lost business in the past due to clients 
not feeling safe simply walk from our parking lot on the west side of the street to our front door on 
the east. This area is changing rapidly and the GWHFC services can no longer be tolerated at its 

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current location. 

Sincerely, 

Jason Carson 


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Feeding Program 

David Ambroz <davidambroz@gmail.com> Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 9:54 AM 

To: Peter Nichols <peter@melroseaction.com>, Sharon Shapiro <sharon.shapiro@lacity.org>, Steve Whiddon 
<steven.whiddon@lacity.org>, John Darnell <john.damell@lacity.org> 

Cc: Gubler Leron <leron@hollywoodchamber.net>, Denise DeCarlo <dnsdecarlo@aol.com> 

Good morning 

RE: Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition 

I know there is some items still moving forward, the ordinance, the FEMA funding, but I also wanted to share 
this with you - letters form the business in the area for the Council members to act immediately. From slightly 
earlier in the year - but obviously still relevant. I'm hoping we can support council and city action to deal with 
this - obviously, the entire community is behind finding a humane solution. 

david ambroz 


FYI . . . 

Forwarded Message 

From: "Howard, Rick" < rhoward@occidentalentertainment.com> 

Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2013 15:42:32 -0800 

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<kerry@hollywoodbid.org>, "Thomasian, Baydsar (Baydsar.Thomasian@sen.ca.gov)" <Baydsar.Thomasian@sen.ca.gov>, 
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<gail@occidentalentertainment.com>, "Davis, Marcus" < Marcus ©Occident ascertainment, com >, "Siraki, Anita" <Anita@ 
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< J ason@occidentalentertainment . com> 

Conversation: Request for Immediate Suspension of Feeding Program 
Subject: Request for Immediate Suspension of Feeding Program 

Dear Councilmen Labonge and Garcetti, 

This letter is to update you on our perspective — and the perspectives of our many entertainment- 
related tenants in the Hollywood area - regarding the continuing, serious problems posed by the 
Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition (the "Feeding Program") that meets every afternoon at 
Romaine and Sycamore. 

Moreover, in the aftermath of several months of dialogue, and frankly, years of escalating 
problems, the purpose of this letter is to request that you act immediately to suspend its 
operations. 


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As you should be aware (see my e-mail below that copied your Senior Deputies), we recently lost a 
sub-tenant at one of our properties in the neighborhood as a direct result of the problems posed by 
the homeless congregating for the Feeding Program. As a result, we sent the letter below to 
Captain Girmala requesting an increased police presence at the site. She immediately responded 
to the request, and our tenants have reported an increased police presence in the area. However, 
there have been no discernible improvements to the problems caused by the transients and the 
complaints from our tenants, clients and staff are escalating. Here are a few excerpts from the e- 
mails I have received from just a few of our tenants: 


We have seen an increased Police presence in the area and appreciate it greatly, however there are still a large 
number of homeless living on and around our facility... 

We have noticed an increase in police presence and the departure of needle exchange really did not make that big of 
a difference. Our parking lot and both sides of our building continue to have the transients and all the nasty stuff that 
comes with them... 

We have seen an increase in police presence, but no change in the conditions in the surrounding area. Our alley way 
and roof top continues to be littered with human feces the remains from the meals handed out, along with the 
needles we find all the time. The amount of people sprawled all over the streets during the coalition's presence is 
our concern. They wander onto and through our properties with no regard for our business operations, showing no 
respect to my staff and clientele. I believe in the cause, and what the Coalition stands for, it just is not a suitable 
location anymore. I grew up in Hollywood, my schooling was done in that area. The feeding has been going on since I 
was 6 yrs. old. The area then, made more sense to house such an operation. Currently, we feel the area is growing 
rapidly, and the program is not helping the progress of the local business... 


For your information, we also recently lost yet another tenant at one of our properties, specifically 
because of problems with the homeless in the area. Our tenant actually vacated the first floor of 
their building and operated for a time solely on the 2nd floor, because the smell from urine, feces 
and vomit drifting into the first floor made it uninhabitable. We are now in the process of spending 
several thousand dollars on our vacant property to make it less attractive to transients loitering in 
the area. 

Another recent development has brought this matter to a crescendo with our tenants. Last 
Thursday's Los Angeles Times reports that a persistent strain of Tuberculosis is afflicting 
downtown's Skid Row, with 78 people infected and 11 dead. This is the largest TB outbreak in a 
decade. 

Is our City Council waiting for a tuberculosis outbreak to hit our neighborhoods here in Hollywood? 
Are the district offices waiting for more business to leave, or a major crime to occur, before you 
act on this under-managed program? Right-hearted cannot trump wrong-minded; and yet it 
has while our City Council seems to be abrogating very fundamental obligations owed to business 
and the greater public interests. 

As you are both well aware, the homeless population migrates throughout our city, and someone at 
Skid Row yesterday can be at Romaine & Sycamore today. The LA Times reports that 4,650 have 
been exposed, whom they are trying to track down. A significant portion of this population must be 
in our neighborhood, specifically because the Feeding Program meets there. We are particularly 
alarmed by this development because the uniquely poor design of the Feeding Program makes it a 
breeding ground for TB. There are no restrooms, no places to wash hands, no health care 
services. There are nothing but sidewalks and alleyways littered with human waste and discarded 
hypodermic needles, all left by patrons of the Feeding Program. 

Our company is certainly aware of the group meeting to try to find an indoor location for the 
Feeding Program by April 30th outside of our neighborhood, but that is still two months away. 

While we genuinely appreciate the efforts of this group, we are doubtful that any suitable location 
will be found within the time frame or at any time thereafter. And so it is simply not reasonable to 
allow this program to continue to meet in our neighborhood given the specific health, safety and 
economic threats it poses to the people who live and work here. 


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Please understand that we truly care about the homeless population and want to assist them in 
finding a better life off of the streets. Without unnecessary elaboration, we donate in the mid-six 
figures annually to a number of credible philanthropies that help children, vets, the hungry, the 
arts, and the infirm. 

But the Feeding Program does not foster recovery. It facilitates homelessness. It enables 
transients to live on the streets, rather than guiding them to services that will get them off of the 
streets and into proper shelters, health care and job training programs. As I hope you are aware, 
the recent PATH survey of the patrons of the Feeding Program (which our company co-funded) 
reveals that 90% of them have mental health issues, yet none of them are getting treatment. They 
receive just enough food to keep them alive for another day, then they are sent out into the streets 
of our neighborhood. This is truly a lose/lose situation for both the homeless and the 
neighborhood. 

The time has arrived when you must act. You can no longer stand by and let meetings take place 
and months pass by without any action. The Feeding Program must be immediately suspended. 

The search for an indoor facility can continue, but the health, safety, and economic risks brought 
about by the Feeding Program cannot. It's notable that once the Feeding Program is shut down, 
not one of its patrons need go hungry. There are still many organizations in our community where 
they can get food. The difference is that - unlike the Feeding Program - they will also get a place 
to wash their hands, use the bathroom, sleep for the night, obtain health care, find job training... all 
of the things they desperately need in order to have a better life. 

As you know, the entertainment industry in Los Angeles is suffering from runaway production for a 
myriad of reasons beyond our control. This situation, however, is completely within the domain of 
our control, and it requires that our City leaders move fast and firm to bring an end to this problem. 


You are the elected representatives of our neighborhood, and we are respectfully demanding that 
you address this issue now and act decisively to immediately suspend the operations of the Feeding 
Program in our neighborhood. We have suffered from this program for approximately 18 years, 
and we have been pressing you to suspend the program since August of last year. Our patience is 
at an end, and it is time for you to take a stand on behalf of the citizens who elected you, and an 
important industry sector that relies on you. 

On behalf of our Co-Chairmen, Albert Sweet & Craig Darian, and our company which owns and 
operates roughly three dozen office buildings, a dozen sound stages, and five entertainment-related 
operating divisions in Hollywood and the Greater Los Angeles Area, we seek to have the permits for 
this program revoked by March 1, 2013. 

As a longtime friend and community supporter of both of you, please acknowledge this as a final 
plea for necessary action that we are trying hard to achieve in preference to other options that we 
seek to avoid. Your courteous attention and cooperation are anticipated and appreciated. 

Yours truly, 

Rick Howard 


PS. I am copying all interested parties who are involved in dealing with this situation, including certain of our 
tenants who want to be keep advised in these regards. 


Richard Howard 

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer 
Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, Inc. 

1149 N. McCadden Place 
Hollywood, CA 90038 
Voice: (323)464-0055 

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Fax: (323) 464-0099 

www.OccidentalEntertainment.com <http;//www.OccidentalEntertainment.com> 


From: Howard, Rick 

Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 3:40 PM 

To: BEATRICE GIRMALA < beatrice.girmala@lapd.lacity.org> (beatrice.girmala@lapd.lacity.org) 

Cc: Susan Levi (susanlevi@labids.org); Malick, Mike (Mike.Malick@marcusmillichap.com); 
'jirigoyen@universalpro.com'; JOHN WASHINGTON (24902@lapd.lacity.org); Angela Motta 
(angela.motta@lacity.org); Sharon Shapiro (sharon.shapiro@lacity.org); Darian, Craig; Wong, Gail; Davis, 
Marcus; Gubler, Leron (Leron@hollywoodchamber.net); Kerry Morrison (kerry@hollywoodbid.org); Thomasian, 
Baydsar (Baydsar.Thomasian@sen.ca.gov); tamar.galatzan@lacity.org; Sheryl Fox (sheryl.fox@lacity.org) 
Subject: Request for increased police presence at 1041 Mansfield 

Dear Chief Girmala, 

We learned today that Fotokem (an industry-leading full-service post production provider and our tenant at 1041 
Mansfield) lost one of its sub-tenants at the building because of the continuing problems presented by the homeless 
population in the area. The sub-tenant reported that they felt unsafe going to their parking lot and leaving the 
building for meals and other meetings, and also observed what appeared to be a group of homeless persons living 
out of a storage unit at the nearby Public Storage. And so they have terminated their sub-lease and taken their 
business to a safer, more business-friendly neighborhood. Can you blame them? 

You were kind enough to agree to an increased LAPD presence in the area following our e-mail exchange on January 
22nd, but I'm respectfully requesting further patrols in the neighborhood of 1041 Mansfield as these problems 
continue to exist and are seriously impacting the legitimate business interests of the neighborhood. 

By copy to Captain Irigoyen of the Media BID'S security service, I'm additionally requesting regular patrols by UPS in 
this area. 

This underscores the importance of relocating the feeding program on nearby Romaine, which attracts so many 
transients to the area, and so I'm copying Senior Deputies for Councilmen Labonge and Garcetti on this 
correspondence (along with other interested parties). If this issue is not resolved soon, we can expect to see more 
high quality business leave the neighborhood our Councilmen are responsible for protecting. We would ask you to 
immediately bring this latest development to the attention of Councilmen Labonge and Garcetti, to ensure they are 
aware that business are leaving their districts because of this continuing, unresolved problem. And while we are 
very appreciative of the present efforts to relocate the program to an indoor facility outside of the neighborhood, 
these efforts drag on with a rapidly approaching target date of April 30th but no suitable facility having been 
identified. It's clear it's time for our Councilmen to decide who they wish to remain in their districts, the transients 
who plague the neighborhood, or the legitimate businesses that are its lifeblood. 

Thank you for your attention to this important matter. 

Rick Howard 


********************** 

Richard Howard 

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer 
Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, Inc. 

1149 N. McCadden Place 
Hollywood, CA 90038 
voice: (323) 464-0055 
Fax: (323) 464-0099 

www.OccidentalEntertainment.com <http://www.OccidentalEntertainment.com> 


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The Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition 
The Friends of the Food Coalition 
The UCLA Mobile Clinic 
And 

The Office of Councilman Tom LaBonge 
Invite you to join us for 

The Community Cares Day 

As we search for a permanent home for the GWHFC and the UCLA Mobile Clinic. 


We need volunteers to conduct a walk through the neighborhood to identify any 
properties that may serve as a better location to deliver our food, medical and 
legal services to the poor and hungry in Hollywood. 


Date : Saturday, March 1 
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Where: Meetup at The GWHFC Kitchen 
1106 N. Cahuenga Blvd. 

( at the corner of Santa Monica and Cahuenga) 


For additional information and to register for this event, please contact Sherry 
Bonanno at sabonanno@gmail.com . UCLA volunteers please register with the 
Mobile Clinic coordinators. 


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<drewcardillo@gmail.com>, John Hastings <johnphastings@gmail.com>, carolinetroy@hotmail.com, "Andaya, 

Chris" <andayac@cbsnews.com>, Mosiah Saalin <sepiaseraph22@yahoo.com>, Eddie Pinchasi 
<EPinchasi@phsproperties.com>, Steve Smith <SSmith@phsproperties.com>, Katherine Stevens 
<kati.stevens@gmail.com>, Katie Smith <katie@rockflowerpaper.com>, joebobsfinefoods 
<joebobsfinefoods@yahoo.com>, Joshua Amano < mcgermygerm@g mail. com >, Diana YM Lamon 
<dianaymlamon@gmail.com>, Audrey Landreth <audreylandreth@me.com>, Mike Viola <mikeviola@mac.com>, 
25199@lapd.lacity.org, Ben Lazarus <nuggetstudio@gmail.com>, Mashanda Lazarus <mashanda@gmail.com>, 
Dusty Barbee <dusty@skyepartners.com>, ddelprete@skyepartners.com, Diane Wilk <dianewilk@gmail.com>, 
Samantha Lui <samantha.b.lui@gmail.com>, kaveh navab <kavehnavab@gmail.com>, Jacqueline Lemer 
<jacquelinelemer@gmail.com>, Chris Moriates <chris413@gmail.com>, Paul Moriates <paul@brightstarfoods.com>, 
Jamie Wolf <jrw@artnet.net>, wolfgang@wolfgangcastello.com, Roya Klaidman <roya@libertysong.com>, Jim 
Omahen <jim@mediadistrict.org>, jwillwerth@gmail.com, Saqib Er <dubyamdeez@gmail.com>, Edward Ong 
<edwardluanong@gmail.com>, Gabriel Gutierrez facilities. mobileclinic@gmaiLcom>, Rory Duffy 
<duffy.rory@gmail.com>, johnhann@ucla.edu, Anuj Khattar <anuj.khattar@gmail.com>, Casey Horan 
<caseyhla@gmail.com>, Stacy Saxton <ssaxton427@gmail.com>, David Lee <heydlee@gmail.com>, "Herve J. De 
Jordy" <hdejordy@gmail.com>, Monica <monica.shaw@live.com>, Mike.Malick@marcusmillichap.com, Alon 
Williams <awilli3930@gmail.com> 

Dear Volunteers and Supporters and Friends, 

Attached is your invitation to a neighborhood walkthrough for The Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition next 
Saturday morning, March 1. Please read it carefully. 

It is both an invitation and, potentially, a milestone, in that a mere three months ago it would have been thought 
impossible that we could have the community marching with us to find a better and a more secure place for us 
to serve our nightly meal, and to help the people we serve get through the awful and humiliating pain of hunger 
and homelessness in one of the richest cities in the world. 

Together - if we really are together - we will not fail them. 

Sincerely, 

Ted Landreth 
(Volunteer Secretary) 

GWHFC 


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GWHFC on the march 

John Darnell <john.damell@lacity.org> Sun, Feb 23, 2014 at 12:59 PM 

To: "melroseaction <petemichols@sbcglobal.net> 

FYI 


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From: ted landreth <landrethassociates@gmail.com> 

Date: Sun, Feb 23, 2014 at 8:40 AM 
Subject: GWHFC on the march 

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Alon Wiliams <awilli3930@gmail.com> 


Dear Volunteers and Supporters and Friends. 

Attached is your invitation to a neighborhood walkthrough for The Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition next 
Saturday morning, March 1. Please read it carefully. 

It is both an invitation and, potentially, a milestone, in that a mere three months ago it would have been thought 
impossible that we could have the community marching with us to find a better and a more secure place for us 
to serve our nightly meal, and to help the people we serve get through the awful and humiliating pain of hunger 
and homelessness in one of the richest cities in the world. 

Together - if we really are together - we will not fail them. 

Sincerely, 

Ted Landreth 
(Volunteer Secretary) 

GWHFC 


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John Darnell 

Senior Field Deputy & Social Sen/ice Advocate 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz 

822 S. Robertson Boulevard, Ste. 102 

Los Angeles , CA 90035 

(310) 289-0353 

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4 LA John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 

GEECS 


Hollywood in Blight! (request to take action) 

Alek <alek3000@s bcglobal . net> Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 3:04 PM 

Reply-To: Alek <alek3000@sbcglobal.net> 

To: "City of LA (midCity) - Jeff Jacobberger (board member)" <jjacobberger@midcitywest.org>, City of LA - planning 
Jon Foreman <jon.foreman@lacity.org>, City of LA - Paul Koretz <paul.koretz@lacity.org>, Mayor of LA - Eric 
Garcetti <mayor.garcetti@lacity.org> 

Cc: hector.vega@lacity.org, Gabe Kramer - 8150 Sunset <gkramer@marathon-com.com>, 
bemie.grijalva@lacity.org, bladimir.campos@lacity.org, janice.murray@lacity.org, jesse.cruz@lacity.org, 
joel.zuniga@lacity.org, john.damell@lacity.org, nazario.sauceda@lacity.org, ron.lee@lacity.org, 
renee.shackelford@lacity.org, sharon.shapiro@lacity.org, victor.moran@lacity.org, shawn.bayliss@lacity.org 

Dear City Representative / Councilmember/ Honorable Mayor: 

I am a resident of Hollywood, and am writing to you in deep concern. It appears, homeless and transients are taking control 
of our once-safe streets. Our area has degraded substantially, with many neighborhoods turning into blight and homeless 
encampments. And it keeps getting worse. Measures need to be taken now . 

I am referring to a relatively small area, just south of Hollywood & Highland. Specifically, the area of concern is Sunset Blvd, 
between La Brea and Highland: as well as La Brea Avenue, Orange Drive, and Highland Avenue individually - both north and 
south of Sunset Blvd. *Please refer to the 1st attachment ("Area of Concern.jpg") 

*NOTE: If you received my email by mistake, and/or do not work in the described herein area (located in 90028 zip-code), 
my apologies to you in advance! In this case, please forward my email, along with attachments, to the appropriate 
department(s). Thank you! 


There are several major issues that make the Hollywood area unlivable and even dangerous: 

(1) Homeless and transients have invaded our area! You can see them literally on every block - on Sunset Blvd, Orange 
Drive (near Hollywood High School), Highland Avenue, and La Brea Avenue. The once-safe, clean Hollywood area is now full 
of trash and litter. It appears. Sunset Blvd is becoming the Skid Row of Hollywood. And those individuals are simply not 
poor people who were left out on the streets due to losing their jobs; the vast majority of them are drug addicts, drunks. 
and mentally sick people, who are turning our streets into blight and danger zones!; 

(2) Homeless and transients seem to get away with impunity - hence their presence has noticeably increased. Law 
enforcement has failed to take those homeless off the streets and/or fine them for heavy littering and other public 
nuisance; 

(3) Homeless and transients oftentimes behave in an aggressive manner. They openly yell profanities and harass 
pedestrians. Yet the police presence or enforcement is slim-to-none. This aggressive behavior happens all over the city - 
not just in Hollywood; 

(4) The problem area (Sunset Blvd, including La Brea and Highland) is only a two blocks away from the world-famous 
Hollywood and Highland! Which means, every time tourists deviate south from the glamorous Hollywood Blvd, they get a 
shocking revelation of the real Los Angeles : littered sidewalks, full of homeless; and no parks or public places! Imagine, 
what a horrible impression this gives to visitors, and what irreparable damage it does to our tourism industry I 

(5) One of the reasons homelessness has skyrocketed is due to the nearby Free meal distribut ion line at the corner of 
Sycamore Ave and Romaine Ave . Many requests from local residents have been made - including to Mr. Paul Koretz - to 
discontinue this ridiculous meal distribution, as it has caused serious public nuisance and increased crime. However, 

the City failed to address the concern. Those "free meals" events draw tons of homeless and transients who spread out in 
the entire Hollywood / West Hollywood area, causing nuisance, trashing our area, and increasing crime. As an example, 
please see a recent letter from the local homeowners: http://melrosevillage.wordpress.com/2012/10/03/an-open- 
letter-to-paul-koretz-about-the-greater-west-hollywood-food-coalition-line-at-the-corner-of-sycamore-and-romaine/ 

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(6) The area has many blighted, vacant buildings, covered with graffiti. Such properties attract even more graffiti, 
homelessness, and crime. Yet the city does not bother to demolish those, or otherwise - to overhaul and turn into a clean, 
upscale building. A great example is a vacant "Hollywood Sound" shop at 6820 Sunset Blvd. iust west of Highland ( *see 
attachment " 07.jpg "}. This particular iocation aiso attracts homeless, including a stubborn lady who refuses to leave and 
keeps trashing the entire neighborhood! 

(7) The area has empty open spaces and properties, which have not been cleaned, or revitalized, for many years. Such 
properties get constantly covered with graffiti, and also attract even more vandalism and crime. Yet the city does not 
bother to do anything about it, either. An example of a vacant large property is at approx. 7045 Sunset Blvd ( *see 
attachment "03a.jpg" and "03b.jpg"). 

(8) A major intersection of Sunset Blvd and Highland Ave is another sad example of neglect, combined with 
unfortunate car-only oriented approach. This area, also just a 3-minute walk from Hollywood & Highland, grossly 
discourages pedestrian activity. On the northeast corner you see a primitive standard stripmall, where transients often 
hangout. Further north of the stripmall - i.e. east side of Highland Avenue - you see a parade of old single-story, 
outdated commercial buildings, which are in need of either a demolition (to make room of a potential upscale mixed-use 
development), or else - a major refurbishment. And those outdated small buildings are seated at yet another dirty concrete 
primitive sidewalk. If you look at the southeast corner of Sunset & Highland, the picture doesn't get better - as the only 
thing existing is that same primitive sidewalk. Same goes with the southwest corner. The northwest corner - at the 
Hollywood high-school - is a bit better thanks to more greenery and lawns. But yet much more could be done to enhance 
the area surrounding Hollywood high-school. Again, this intersection is only two blocks away from Hollywood and Highland 

- a major tourist attraction; many tourists obviously would want to walk south - to explore the area, and... the blight and 
anti-pedestrian conditions are the only things they see. 

(9) North Orange Drive, just north of Sunset Blvd, is another magnet for homeless and transients. Specifically, the east 
side of Orange Drive - adjacent to Hollywood High School - has a lawn that keeps attracting homeless and transients. They 
keep trashing the entire lawn, sidewalk, and all surroundings. And yet law enforcement does little to stop this and prevent 
this from reoccurring. Part of the problem is the In-N-Out Burger stand, which often attracts wrong crowds who keep 
trashing the streets; the In-N-Out also creates very heavy traffic in the area. Ideally, In-N-Out stand should be replaced 
either by a public park, or a large mixed-use development - to improve quality of life in the area; 

(10) Real estate values are all but certain to drop, as a result of blight and neglect in the Hollywood area; 

(11) Pedestrian environment is practically non-existing - despite the fact that our society is generally switching from 
driving to walking. True, sidewalks are present on all streets, but this alone does not promote walkability. Primitive, naked 
concrete sidewalks, with no aesthetics, little greenery, filled with homeless encampments, provide little comfort to both 
residents and visitors. Which obviously does not encourage walking. 

(12) Due to our City's policy to provide just naked, concrete sidewalks (with no decent covering), all sidewalks are filthy 

- and are covered with gunk, goo, trash, graffiti, gum, and other junk. Concrete sidewalks are typically much more prone to 
get dirty than paved ones. It is time to end our "love" with plain concrete & cement, and provide better-quality, 
decorative, aesthetical sidewalks for people! 

(13) Many new mixed-use developments are built in Hollywood, especially to the east of the mentioned problem area, 
which is great. Unfortunately, nothing is being planned for this problem area of Sunset Blvd (between La Brea and 
Highland). Mixed-use developments definitely enhance a given area and slightly improve walkability. 

(14) City of L.A. has neglected many areas of Hollywood, letting things drift on their own. Unfortunately it's only the 
private developers who improve small given areas. However, those developments are only a few drops in the bucket, 
ultimately not giving much improvement to our neglected city overall. This is whv the City has to step-in. and take action 
to clean-up our streets, remove nuisance-causing transients, and rebuild our citv ! 

(15) There are not enough parks and safe public areas in Hollywood. Our streets are primitively built for cars, not for 
people. Having just roads and naked sidewalks (without green buffer zones, mini-parks, or public plazas) do not provide a 
quality urban living. Small parks needs to be built as well. Otherwise, all those new mixed-use developments are useless, as 
there is no place for people to enjoy urban lifestyle, or for families to spend time with their kids. 

(16) As a result of drastically increasing homeless & transient population, littered streets, and blighted areas, Hollywood is 
not a safe, family-friendly area. Yes, we have seen an increase in middle-class population - but it's mostly young working 
professionals, not families with kids. Ultimately, Hollywood will never ever be an attractive, livable, family-oriented region - 

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unless our City Officials take action! 


And this is what needs to be done, to address the problem: 

• Law enforcement needs to be dramatically increased along most major corridors - including Sunset Blvd, La Brea 
Avenue, Santa Monica Blvd, Highland Avenue, etc.; 

• Homeless and transients need to obey the law and NOT litter. Otherwise, they should be fined - like anybody else 
would - with all their trash & property confiscated, and be taken off the streets: 

• Police needs to patrol and make sure homeless and transients do not cause public nuisance. Otherwise, they too 
should be arrested and taken off the streets. One way or another, enforcement measures should be taken - 

to prevent homelessness from spreading in Hollywood, like a disease! 

• "Free Meal Distribution Line" - at the nearby Sycamore and Romaine location - needs to be discontinued, once and 
for all! This will help in stopping to attract hundreds of homeless and transients to our area! As the Melrose Village 
blog authors correctly put it, "85% of the homeless in this area refuse help . saying they prefer to be on the streets. 
The food line helps them to stay on the streets. That y s why PA TH says that stand-alone food lines are Not a 
good idea,"; 

• Old vacant buildings - e.g. 6820 Sunset Blvd. - need to be either demolished ASAP, or else refurbished. It's shameful 
that our City officials have allowed such disgusting, slumpy old buildings to remain - especially near popular tourist 
areas - and continue attracting blight; 

• Open spaces and empty lots need to be turned into small parks or public plazas. A great example of a public plaza is 
a shopping center at Santa Monica Blvd and La Brea Avenue (with Target, Best Buy, etc.) In addition, those future 
mini-parks and public plazas need to be enforced, with no transients or encampments allowed at any time 
(otherwise, it will turn into a pile of trash, like most of Hollywood!) 

• Turn the primitive, concrete naked sidewalks into paved, aesthetically correct pedestrian ways! Replace ugly 
concrete with decorative covering. Plant trees and create a buffer zone, so that pedestrians would be enticed to 
walk; 

• Please consider requiring for all new mixed-use developments to always provide public space and/or a mini-park in 
addition to ground-floor retail and apartment / condo units. The new developments must also cover their adjacent 
new sidewalks with much better, decorative covering - as opposed to plain concrete; 

• City of LA needs to change its overall policy of primitive sidewalks - from just naked concrete to decorative covering. 
Paved covering will not only significantly improve aesthetics and walkability, but will be much cleaner, as pavers 
generally are not as vulnerable to dirt as naked concrete is. 

• Build a center-median with greenery on large corridors. For instance, none of the streets in the problem area - 
including La Brea Ave., Highland Ave., and Sunset Blvd. - have a center-median in the Hollywood area. 


I thank you in advance for looking into this issue and taking immediate action. I am an advocate for sustainability and smart 
urban development, and I care about my community and safety of our area. I have written numerous letters, but mostly all 
were in vain. Yes, occasionally Bureau of Sanitation does come over and clean-up (thank you. Hector, for your 
communication and correspondence!). However this would get trashed just the next day, forcing us to return back to 
where we started! Therefore, the key is efficient prevention of such incidents and trashing . The transients - who are the 
main contributors to littering and public nuisance - should be removed from the streets! 

Finally, please refer to the attached images - as they depict the current sad state of our Hollywood area. 

Last but not least. The degraded state of our Hollywood streets can be especially noticed after visiting other cities in the 
U.S., and especially other countries, namely Europe! After seeing architecturally rich European city streets, you can't help 
but notice how primitive, unwalkable, unattractive most of Los Angeles truly is, including Hollywood! What an 
embarrassment! 

I sincerely hope measures will be taken soon, so that Hollywood will be dramatically improved. I truly hope our 

ugly, outdated streets with crazy transients will be turned into upscale, inviting, family-friendly, livable communities with 

pedestrian-oriented walkways! 

P.5. Once again, please forward my email to all appropriate partie(s) responsible for the issues described above. Thank you! 
Sincerely, 

Alexander Friedman, 

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John Darnell <john.darnell@lacity.org> 


Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition (GWHFC) 


John Darnell <john.damell@lacity.org> Tue, Aug 4, 2015 at 11:22 AM 

To: Nooshi Mehmoosh Zahiri <mehmoosh.zahiri@lacity.org> 

Nooshi, 

Here is some information that might help you understand this programs. 

Website: http://gwhfc.org/ 

FB: https://www.facebook.com/GWHFC 

Multiple articles about them: http://articles.latimes.com/keyword/greater-west-hollywood-food-coalition 
West Hollywood Patch: http://patch.com/california/westhollvwood/which-wav-la-takes-a-look-at-feedinq-the- 
homeless-in-public-s paces 

NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/201 3/1 1/26/us/as-homeless-line-up-for-food-los-angeles-weighs- 
restrictions.html?_r=0 

Beverly Press: http://beverlypress.com/2013/12/neighbors-say-coalition-needs-a-home/ 

Melrose Blog: https://melrosevillage.wordpress.com/2012/10/03/an-open-letter-to-paul-koretz-about-the-greater- 
west-hollywood-food-coalition-line-at-the-corner-of-sycamore-and-romaine/ 

‘Also, check out Youtube for info. Here's one video: http://www.melroseaction.org/2014/01/06/merchants-and- 
neighbors-frustrated-by-sidewalk-feeding-program/ 

Let me know if you want to talk. 

Thanks, 



John Darnell 
District Director 

Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz 
Westside Field Office: (323) 866-1828 
Valley Field Office: (818) 971-3088 
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A question 

Cici Sears <elizabethsears@sbcglobal.net> Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 1:11 PM 

Reply-To: Cici Sears <elizabethsears@sbcglobal.net> 

To: John Darnell <john.damell@lacity.org> 

Hi John 

I hate to bother you with a question, especially since you are 
a new dad with enough to juggle, but it is about the 
neighborhood in Councilman Koretz's district. John, the 
homeless problem around here is just getting out-of-hand. 
There are a number of encampments for which I could be 
sympathic except it is now has become totally unsanitary. 

This is R-1 zoning in the Melrose Village area but since the 
Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition continues to attract 
the homeless to Romaine and Sycamore for nighttime 
feeding (and when are they going to change locations to give 
this area a rest? I have contacted the organizer, Harvard 
educated Ted Landreth, many times to be considerate and 
burden a new neighborhood for a change), the encampments 
grow and grow. The sidewalks along Waring and Willoughby 
between La Brea and Highland have trash, food, human 
waste, and vomit! I see the encampments set up at night and 
in the morning while walking the dogs (now almost 
impossible to stomach), they left behind the most unsanitary 
conditions and I really don't think they deserve to leave the 
streets with their vomit, feces, urine, food remants, etc. 

The entire neighborhood is very upset since the situation 
grows worse and worse. Last week an arson fire began and 


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a neighbor had to put it out. Because of the Food Bank 
Truck, the area is becoming too attractive to homeless to 
squat around. 

Can Council Koretz do anything (like ask the police to patrol 
this area at night? Believe me, every police officer from the 
Hollywood station is always over at California Chicken on 
Melrose for dinner so it is not like they would be going out of 
their way to investigate the unsanitary conditions of these 
nighttime street encampments. Yes they take most of their 
bedding with them but it is what they leave behind- 
everything disease prone and unsanitary). 

Like I said, I hate to ask you what can be done. I have tried 
asking the commercial owners on Highland to do something 
but they are all daytime renters so what happens on the 
streets doesn't mean anything to them but we are becoming 
prisoners in our neighborhoods with this situation, 
thank you for allowing me to express my upset 
sincerely 
Cici Sears 

747 N. Citrus Avenue 

(with nightime encampments at the end of Citrus at Melrose 
and around the corner at Highland and Waring Ave). 


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